Thursday, April 26, 2007

Mahmoud: God on Iran's side during 1979 hostage crisis

From Iran Focus:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday marked the 27th anniversary of the failed U.S. military operation to rescue 53 American hostages in Tehran by saying God and Iran "clobbered the enemy," state radio reported.

Though the anniversary is not a national holiday or celebrated by most Iranians, the government annually marks the failed attempt — called Operation Eagle Claw — by the U.S. military to rescue the hostages. Eight U.S. servicemen died in the operation.As in past years, hundreds of mostly hard-line Iranians gathered about 600 kilometers (373 miles) southeast of the capital, Tehran, to protest Washington's policies at the site where a U.S. helicopter crashed into a plane after the rescue mission was aborted, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.