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Here are fast facts about the attack on the U.S. Marines and the ordeal that followed.
They faced bullets and bombs aimed from one room to the next. Twice during this standoff, hostage survivors shot back. Multiple suspected terrorist and hostage negotiators were killed.
A Korean ensign was found hiding in the bedrooms of two Marines.
Iranian terrorists committed hundreds of kidnappings during the 1970s and ’80s, including U.S. Navy ships.
Tehran released the 38 Americans through negotiations. The Americans had returned to the United States by 1985 and the other 46 were released in 1988.
U.S. government officials met with Iranian President Muhammad Khatami in April 2003 to work out a deal under which Tehran would free the U.S. hostages in exchange for the U.S. lifting most of its economic sanctions on Iran.
In 2009, militants holed up in the U.S. embassy in Tehran stopped three U.S. Navy ships from unloading ammunition off the coast of Yemen. One SEAL died in the operation to retake the embassy.
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