ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 26, 1980
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(Studio) Islamic ntns. reported forming task force to mediate conflict between Iran and Iraq; United States said coordinating efforts to assure continued flow of oil; bombing of Abadan, Iran, oil refinery noted; Iraqi television film shown.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) President Carter's warning with regard to closing of Persian Gulf said joined by other ntns.; President quoted on screen; Iran's threat to block Strait of Hormuz noted not being backed up. [International Energy Agency executive director Ulf LANTZKE - comments.] Pol. aspect of Carter's show of firmness noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) Ayatollah Montazeri quoted with regard to impact of war with Iraq on United States hostage situation; fighting in region of Khorramshahr and Abadan refineries in Iran discussed. Ayatollah Khomeini's broadcast to Iranian troops said following rumor of his death. Bombing near Tehran and Baghdad outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Baghdad, Iraq) Iraqi bombing of Abadan refinery, Iranian attacks on Baghdad and elsewhere along border examined; Iraqi television films shown.
REPORTER: Mike Lee
(DC) United States intelligence said feeling that fighting could end soon; details given. United Arab Emirates said asking Iraq for help in capturing contested islands near Strait of Hormuz; damage to Kharg Island, an oil storage facility, noted.
REPORTER: John McWethy
(Studio) Ronald Reagan reported accepting State Department briefings on the war and refraining from further public criticism of administration's handling of situation; details given. Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel