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In pictures: Iran hostage crisis
October surprise?

Newly inaugurated US President Ronald Reagan listens to Bruce Laingen, top diplomatic hostage during the Iran hostage crisis who was one of the three seized at the Iranian foreign ministry on 4 November 1979.

After the euphoria had subsided, awkward questions arose that have never been fully cleared up.

Critics still believe Mr Reagan's campaign team conspired to postpone the hostages' release until after the 1980 election to prevent it helping Mr Carter's returned to office.

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