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Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979


Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979 (National Archives Identifier: 593939); File Unit: Iran: 11/1-14/79; JC-NSA: Records of the Office of the National Security Advisor (Carter Administration), 1977 - 1981; Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA; National Archives and Records Administration.

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants took over 60 Americans hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Dated November 6, 1979, this letter was written by President Jimmy Carter in the early days of the hostage crisis. President Carter’s efforts, which included a failed military rescue mission, were ultimately fruitless, and the hostages were not released until January 20, 1981–moments after Carter officially turned the Presidency over to Ronald Reagan.

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