Jon Snow's ITN news report amidst the wreckage of Operation Eagle Claw: April 1980

A youthful Jon Snow reports from the landing site designated 'Desert One' by the US invaders.
Eight US personnel and one Iranian citizen were killed in the ensuing chaos as the mission fell apart, due to poor planning, poor intelligence, mechanical unreliability and the small matter of a C130 colliding with a CH53.

The US hostages were returned on Tehran's terms.

Five months later Saddam ordered the invasion of Iran with backing from his US, Saudi, and Kuwaiti allies.
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