Nation: Why the Iran Rescue Failed

Report finds flaws, such as too few choppers, but no neglect

Ever since Americans awoke last April 25 to the shock of a rescue mission turned to ashes in the Iranian desert, they have demanded to know more about that failed attempt: Had the Soviets found out, forcing the President to call it off? Why were there not more helicopters? Was the whole operation too risky?

Pentagon officials had questions too, and so they commissioned two studies, one a classified internal report by the men who had planned and participated in the mission, the other...

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