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Iran hostage victim on parallels between 1979 crisis, Gaza captives: Iran’s fingerprints ‘are all over this’

Rocky Sickmann lived through 444 days of terror as one of 52 Americans held captive during the Iran hostage crisis that began in 1979. The Marine veteran is now urging people to pray for the hostages facing an uncertain future in Gaza as the war between Israel and Hamas rages on with no end in sight.

“Forty-four years ago, the war on terrorism started the day that the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked the American embassy using women as shields as they broke through the basement,” he told FOX News’ Dana Perino Thursday. 

“Just as you heard that story about Gaza having a missile launcher right next to a hospital. I mean, it’s their fingerprints all over this thing, and it’s very sad.” 

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The Iran hostage crisis began on Nov. 4, 1979 when militarized students seized the U.S. embassy to protest President Jimmy Carter’s decision to allow the deposed Shah of Iran into the U.S. for medical treatment.

Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s supreme religious leader, allowed female and minority Americans to be released along with all non-U.S. captives, citing they were oppressed by the American government.

Fifty-two hostages – mostly State Department employees and Marines – remained and were freed shortly after Ronald Reagan took office in 1981.

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FOX News’ Bradford Betz, Greg Norman and Emma Colton contributed to this report.

Taylor Penley is an associate editor with Fox News.


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