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    The Iranian capital, Teheran remains in a state of almost total lawlessness with armed mobs controlling the streets.

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    GV U.S. Embassy under siege. (3 SHOTS)

    GVs Men carrying weapons storming gates and finally gates closed. (3 SHOTS)

    GV People in compound.

    GV Men with white flags on their heads and rifles carrying out injured people.

    CU One of the attackers of the compound speaking in English.

    GV People in embassy compound.

    CU U.S. Ambassador speaking in English.

    SV PAN Prime Minister Bazargan and cabinet. (3 SHOTS)

    TRANSCRIPT: GUERRILLA: "Some of our (INDISTINCT) were walking from here. And American soldiers shoot some of them...and we were forced to attack, and unfortunately not only were shooting with different kinds of guns, even with such bullets. And we are not opposite with the American people, we are opposite with government, American government all over the world...we are opposite. And we want to kick out all (INDISTINCT)...from this country, we want this country for ourselves."

    SEQ. 7: AMBASSADOR SULLIVAN: "We came under very heavy attack from two or three sides of the compound and a group of very well equipped armed men came in here, shot up my house and occupied it. shot up the embassy, chancery. We telephoned the security committee with the Khomeiny group. They managed to send a group of people here just in the nick of time because we had abandoned the ground floor and were all on the upper floor by the time these lads came, these freedom fighters and they rounded the others up and saved us."

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    Background: The Iranian capital, Teheran remains in a state of almost total lawlessness with armed mobs controlling the streets. On Wednesday (14 February) gunmen stormed the U.S. embassy and attacked several television stations.

    SYNOPSIS: There's confusion about the identity of the armed civilians who attacked the embassy. The United States State Department claims the guerrillas were left-wingers opposed to the creation of an Islamic republic by the Ayatollah Khomeiny. Soviet television however has claimed that the raid was carried out by former agents of SAVAK, the Shah's secret police force and was designed to provide an excuse for United States military intervention in the Iranian crisis. A Soviet commentators linked the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) with the attack on the embassy.

    The U.S. State Department says that one Iranian employee at the embassy was killed and two American marines were wounded. U.S. Ambassador William Sullivan gave the order to surrender after exchanges of fire between U.S. marines and the guerrilla, but only after staff had burned essential documents and destroyed a decoding machine. The new Iranian government intervened in the attack on the embassy. Government militia men indistinguishable from the street mobs raced to the embassy and dispersed the attackers. Embassy staff emerged from their buildings after being held captive for nearly two hours.

    One of the guerrillas who had attacked the embassy explained why.

    Ambassador William Sullivan told how the embassy was attacked.

    Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan and the members of his cabinet are appealing for moderation by their armed supporters in the streets. And appealing for the followers of the Ayatollah Khomeiny to give up their arms. Prime Minister Bazargan has told the Iranian people that they can best show their support for him and his ministers by going back to work on Saturday (17 February).

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