GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
November 4, 1979: Ninety people, including 63 Americans, are taken hostage in the American Embassy in Tehran by Iranian students.

The students demand the return of the Shah to stand trial for crimes. Though some hostages are released, 52 of the Americans are held for 444 days before their release. In response to this hostage crisis, the U.S. freezes all Iranian assets invested in the U.S.

PBS Thawing Relations /jan-june00/iran_3-17.html

NewsHour reports on U.S.-Iran relations. (March 2000)

PBS The Survival of Saddam: Interviews: Tariq Aziz /shows/saddam/interviews/aziz.html

Frontline interviews Tariq Aziz, deputy prime minister of Iraq in charge of Iraqi foreign affairs.

PBS Terrorist Attacks on Americans, 1979-1988 /shows/target/etc/cron.html

A timeline listing key terrorist attacks against Americans from 1979 to 1988