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CIA publishes document showing role in 1953 Iran coup against PM

Al Ahed news

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has declassified a document that confirms Washington’s role in the 1953 coup d’état against the democratically-elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosadeq.

“The military coup that overthrew Mosadeq and his National Front Cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy,” read a brief segment from an internal report by an in-house CIA historian in the mid-1970s, according to Press TV.

The document was published on the National Security Archive website and was initially released in 1981 but most of it was blacked out at the time.

On August 15, 1953, the British and US intelligence agencies initiated a coup by the Iranian military through a chain of events including riots in the streets Tehran that ultimately led to the overthrow and arrest of Mosadeq four days later.

The coup then saw the formation of an absolute US-backed monarchy under Iran’s last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown by the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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