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Iran-Iraq War #67767

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 30, 1980
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(Studio) United States reported indicating its support for Saudi Arabia in current conflict between Iran and Iraq by dispatching 4 airborne warning and control aircraft (AWACS) designed for intelligence gathering, to Persian Gulf; details given, film shown. Planes said being used to warn Saudis of forthcoming attacks on their oil fields.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds (KOCO film/tape)

(DC) United States said protecting Saudi Arabia with ground troops and naval fleet in Indian Ocean as well as AWACS; possibility of interpreting United States move as tilt towards Iraq due to Iran's recent warnings to other ntns. in area discussed. [State Department spokesperson John CANNON - claims United States neutrality.] Secretary State Edmund Muskie and Iraqi foreign minister Saadoun Hammadi, after New York City meeting, noted both stressing similar diplomatic points; details given, film shown. Muskie's offer to also meet with Iran's United Nations representative said ignored so far; political risk run by United States with regard to Iranian action against United States hostages noted balanced against United States oil ints. in region.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Iranian air attack on Baghdad, Iraq, include efforts to hit neutron center there reported; details given, map of city shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Baghdad, Iraq) Iran's air attack on Baghdad discussed; audio report only heard. Recent films from Iraqi television with regard to fighting at Iraqi refineries and Ahwaz, provincial capital of Arab-speaking minorities in Iran, shown, discussed.
REPORTER: Mike Lee

(Studio) Apparent ease in fighting along some fronts with Iraqi intensification of efforts along Shatt al Arab waterway to capture Abadan, site of world's largest oil refinery, outlined; films shown. Iranian radio broadcast from Abadan quoted; naval traffic in Persian Gulf said normal.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Strait of Hormuz) Sea traffic in Strait of Hormuz examined; films shown. Measures taken by Oman in straits noted; Omani undersecretary for defense quoted with regard to United States-Oman interest in international military rescue force in event of USSR naval activity in straits.
REPORTER: Doreen Kays

(Studio) USSR president Leonid Brezhnev reported calling for Iran and Iraq to settle differences through negotiation due to United States gains realized by their conflict; Ayatollah Khomeini's response noted. Iran's parliament reported establishing committee to study United States hostages issue; film shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Reporter(s):
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Kays, Doreen;
Lee, Mike;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max
Duration:
00:07:20

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