The Iranian Embassy siege took place from 30 April to 5 May 1980, after
a group of six armed men stormed the Iranian embassy in London. The
gunmen, members of an Iranian Arab group campaigning for Arab national
sovereignty in Khūzestān Province, took 26 hostages and demanded the
release of Arab prisoners from jails in Khūzestān. Police negotiators
gradually secured the release of five hostages in exchange for minor
concessions. On the sixth day the gunmen, frustrated at the lack of
progress, killed a hostage and threw his body out of the embassy. The
British government ordered the Special Air Service (SAS), a special
forces regiment, to rescue the hostages. During the 17-minute raid, the
SAS rescued all but one of the remaining hostages, and killed five of
the gunmen. The hostage-takers and their cause were largely forgotten
afterwards, but the operation brought the SAS to public attention. It
was overwhelmed by the number of applications it received from people
inspired by the operation and experienced greater demand for its
expertise from foreign governments. The building suffered major damage
from fire (aftermath pictured) and did not reopen as the embassy until
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