Iranian Hostage Crisis

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On September 12, 1980, Ayatollah Khomeini finally agreed to meet with delegates from the United States. In the negotiations, he laid out four conditions to be met and then Iran would release the hostages. His conditions were “an American pledge not to intervene in Iran’s internal affairs, return of frozen Iranian assets, cancellation of American claims against Iran, and return of the Shah’s wealth to Iran”.
The Iranian Hostage Crisis finally ended with the Algiers Accords. For the last few months of the Crisis, both the Iranians and the Americans had sent delegates to Algeria to discussions the conditions of the hostages’ release. The Iranians had released the hostages minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president and “Iran’s deliberate
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The program initially started out as a nightly report on the occurrences of Iran that day. Even before the Hostage Crisis began, the most popular story was how the Shah was exiled and seeking asylum in the United States. But, on November 4, 1979, the segment called America Held Hostage reported by Ted Koppel began. It became infamous throughout the United States because it began with the day number of the hostage crisis and then another update given. Even on days that nothing happened in Tehran, Nightline would still talk about the reasoning behind the crisis, how the hostages were being treated, Islamic radicalism, etc. They often reported on the effect that the hostage crisis had on the Carter Administration and how it could potentially harm his bid for …show more content…
One news source in particular was the New York Times. An article that was released March 5, 1980, four months after the hostages were captured was titled “Family of Hostage Attacks U.S. Policy” and stated that, in regards to the revolution that the U.S. leaders would have to own up to the mistakes that they had made and the mistakes of the past administrations. The acknowledgment that the United States had meddled in Iranian affairs and the promise that they would no longer do so was one of the stipulations set forth by the Iranians to release the hostages. Many also believed that the result of the Operation Eagle Claw also was the downfall of the Carter Administration and the main reason as to why he was not reelected in the 1980 election. Hamilton Jordan, one of President Carter’s political advisors during the crisis even went as far as to say “‘The President’s chances for reelection probably died on the desert of Iran with the eight brave soldiers who gave their lives to free the American

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