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by Jon Surmacz

1980: Tehran Hostage Rescue Mission Fails

Apr 25, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Carter Takes Blame… Twenty-five years ago today a secret mission to rescue American hostages held in Iran failed before it started as a helicopter crashed into a Hercules C130 transport plane, killing eight U.S. soldiers and wounding four others. The event marked a tragic and embarrassing turn for the United States. President Carter took responsibility for the mission’s failure. He told the nation, “I ordered this rescue mission in order to safeguard American lives and protect America’s national interests, and to reduce the tensions that have been caused among many nations as this crisis has continued.” Fifty-three Americans were taken hostage on Nov. 3, 1979 by Islamic militants. The hostages were released 444 days later, on Inauguration Day 1981, the day that Ronald Reagan took office. For more details, read the Rescue Mission Report, prepared August, 1980.