ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 23, 1980
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(Studio) Iran's announcement of casualty figs. in war with Iraq reported; details given, films shown. Apparent upgrading of Iranian army's status among citizens considered; both Iran and Iraq said claiming naval victories. Iranian air force noted still trying to push Iraqi forces from Khorramshahr and Abadan. Question of possible expansion of USSR influence in region with prolongation of war discussed. [US-Canada Institution spokesperson Dr. Alexander KISLOV - comments.] [Institution of Strategic Studies spokesperson Sharon CHUBIN - comments.] Soviet ints. and efforts in Persian Gulf region outlined. [British military analyst General Sir John HACKETT - comments.] USSR 's relationship with both Iran and Iraq and Ayatollah Khomeini and President Saddam Hussein noted; recent USSR -Syria treaty and Syria's relationship with Iran, Iraq and Israel recalled. [KISLOV - comments.] USSR role in Afghanistan discussed. [KISLOV - comments.] [CHUBIN - comments.] War's impact on US role in region outlined. [HACKETT - comments.) Problems faced by US, especially American policy towards Israel and abandonment of former Shah, noted; Saudi Arabia mentioned. [CHUBIN - comments.] Future relations between US and Iran due to hostage crisis considered. [CHUBIN - comments.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings