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CIA admits role in 1953 Iranian coup

July 24, 2015

An important, if poorly publicized, side effect of the recent Iran deal is that we are having a nice little “Truth and Reconciliation” moment. Take a look!

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Declassified documents describe in detail how US – with British help – engineered coup against Mohammad Mosaddeq
Mohammed Mosaddeq
Mohammed Mosaddeq is described in one US document as ‘mercurial, maddening, adroit, and provocative’. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

The CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Iran’s democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, in documents that also show how the British government tried to block the release of information about its own involvement in his overthrow.

On the 60th anniversary of an event often invoked by Iranians as evidence of western meddling, the US national security archive at George Washington University published a series of declassified CIA documents.

“The military coup that overthrew Mosaddeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy

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