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In pictures: Iran hostage crisis
US humiliated

The students paraded the blindfolded hostages for the cameras to humiliate the "Great Satan" that Washington had become in the eyes of the Iranian revolutionary leaders.

They demanded the expulsion of the Shah of Iran from the US, where he had been taken for cancer treatment after his overthrow.

It was a shocking and demoralising sight for the US public - the opening salvo of a long duel between the US and militant Muslims that has lasted until today.

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