A crew of six Iranian militants invaded the Iranian Embassy in London on April 30, 1980, and kidnapped the diplomatic personnel and many onlookers. The hostage-takers were part of an obscure Arab terrorist group who resisted Ayatollah Khomeini and demanded Iran to grant Arabistan, or Khuzestan Province, independence. Arabistan is a tiny but oil-rich region in southwest Iran. Their invasion started an experience that would culminate on May 5th with a dramatic raid by the Special Air Service (SAS), the UK’s premier special-operations unit. The rescue was filmed on live television for the first time, earning the SAS, which was founded after WWII, tremendous reputation.
The Crossroads of Special Operations