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Iranian Hostage Crisis

  • By: Itai Sneh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Leadership
  • Edited by: George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson & James MacGregor Burns
  • Subject:Leadership

The Iranian hostage crisis began 4 November 1979 when Iranian students and members of the Revolutionary Guards (Iran's elite forces) violently took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and captured seventy-one U.S. diplomats and support staff. The Iranians retained fifty-two people ...

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