Operation Eagle Caw Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… Several scenarios were introduced but the one plan that was accepted was a complex two-night operation called Operation Eagle Claw. Due to the vast open desert like regions of Iraq a two night operation was planned allowing the rescue team concealment but this plan would also cover a vast stretch of territory and required two-nights for the plan to work. A number of C-130 airplanes (see picture 1 below) and 8 RH-53 (see picture 2 below) helicopters would be used to start the initial rescue …show more content…
The rescue required at least six helicopters that is all the team now had. Upon landing at Desert One another helicopter damaged its landing gear. The mission now had to be called off. As one of the helicopters attempted to lift off it banked towards one of the C-130s on the ground striking the plane and both burst into flames. Eight military personnel were killed in the incident. Another rescue plan was started but quickly scrapped. The picture below shows the crash. The helicopters were left behind for fear they might also kick up a dust storm and topple onto the C-130s. …show more content…
Algerian diplomat Abdulkarim Ghuraib negotiated meetings between the U.S. and Iran that resulted in the "Algiers Accords". On January 19, 1981 this accord laid out Iran's commitment to free the hostages. Several points were covered in the agreement where the United States will pledge to not interfere in Iran's internal affairs, the unfreezing of eight billion dollars in money and assets, and immunity from any lawsuits Iran might face because of the hostage taking. On 20 January 1981 the 52 hostages were released to the United States after spending 444 days in captivity. (10) The hostage situation was somewhat of a failure for Iran as they lost international support for its war against Iraq and the settlement agreement was favorable to the United States and did not meet the original Iranian plan. Domestically the hostage crisis did strengthen Anti-American feelings in Iran that are still strong even to this day. The military operation was deemed a failure by the United States but overall President Carter's diplomatic efforts adverted a war and showed America in a better light for the handling of the Iran Hostage

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