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Persian soldiers chase rioters during civil unrest in Tehran, August 1953. On August 19, 1953, democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA and British intelligence, after having nationalized the oil industry. The Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was re-installed in the primary position of power. Massive protests broke out across the nation, leaving almost 300 dead in firefights in the streets of Tehran. 

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64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup

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New documents reveal how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup — only to be salvaged at the last minute by an insubordinate spy. By: Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Source: Foreignpolicy / The Dawn News / June 20, 2017   Declassified documents released last week shed light on the […]

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