Operation Eagle Claw Analysis

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Sandstorm (Tofane Shen): This movie depicts “Operation Eagle Claw,” the failed American mission to rescue the American hostages. In April 1980, eight RH-53D helicopters flew from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to a remote road serving as an airstrip in the Great Salt Desert of Eastern Iran near Tabas. The sandstorms shift the field of vision for the American aircraft. As the helicopters repositioned themselves for refueling, one helicopter crashed into a C-130 tanker, killing eight U.S. servicemen and injuring several more. After the mission and its failure were made public, Khomeini 's prestige skyrocketed in Iran as he credited divine intervention on behalf of Islam for the result. Unbreakable Mirrors (Ayenehaaye Nashkan) TV

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