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Iran-Iraq War #67635

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 22, 1980
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(Studio) Ayatollah Khomeini said calling on Iraqi army to desert and overthrow Saddam Hussein. Waterways said war zones. Blockading of Iraqi ports by Iran noted. Iraqi air bombing of Iran territory reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(London, England) Details of Iraqi raids into Iran given. USSR role in equipping Iraq noted. President Bani-Sadr said claiming Iraqi attacks backed by United States government Details of fighting given.

(Studio) Implications with regard to oil shipments discussed. Conflict between Khomeini and Hussein explained. [International Strategic Studies Robert LITWAK - analyzes crisis.] Strength of Iran under former Shah said now weakened. Iraq said thought in better military condition. USSR role noted. Minority problems in 2 countries noted. Oil area of Iran said Arabic and desiring autonomy.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(NYC) Discussion of Iran-Iraq relationship by United Nations reported Possibility of US, USSR becoming involved in situation considered. January 1980 film shown. Iraq said condemning USSR invasion of Afghanistan, though Iraq generally in USSR camp. Fear of USSR troops being sent to Iran under pretext of aiding Khomeini noted. United States said having no leverage with either nation March 1979 film shown. Camp David accords recalled; said strongly opposed by Iraq, Secretary of State Edmund Muskie said concerned. [President CARTER - says US to remain neutral, but encourage agreement via UN. Answering question, Carter speaks of American hostages in Iran.] Hostage issue thought now overshadowed by war.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Dyk, Bob;
Jennings, Peter

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