Ahmadinejad: God 'clobbered' US enemy in 1980

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday marked the 27th anniversary of the failed US military operation to rescue 53 American hostages in Teheran by saying God and Iran "clobbered the enemy," state radio reported. Though the anniversary is not a national holiday or celebrated by most Iranians, the government annually marks the failed attempt - called Operation Eagle Claw - by the US military to rescue the hostages. Eight US servicemen died in the operation. As in past years, hundreds of mostly hard-line Iranians gathered about 600 kilometers (373 miles) southeast of the capital, Teheran, to protest Washington's policies at the site where a US helicopter crashed into a plane after the rescue mission was aborted, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.