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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.

(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

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Kays, Doreen;
Lee, Mike;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max

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