Mossadegh and the CIA, 64 years later

The 64th anniversary of the coup that toppled Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was Saturday, and rather than write another Deep Thought about that event and the impact it had on Iranian and world history, I thought–mostly because I am extremely swamped at the moment–that I would link you to this Foreign Policy piece which in… Continue reading Mossadegh and the CIA, 64 years later

Mossadegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Today is the sixty-second anniversary (and the second time we’ve commemorated it here) of the 1953 coup d’etat, carried out by Iranian elements at the behest and with the support of British Secret Intelligence and the US CIA, that forced Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from office. Mossadegh was nominally replaced as prime minister by… Continue reading Mossadegh, 1953: history swallowed up in legend

Today in Middle East history: the 1953 Iranian coup

It’s not quite as big a milestone as today’s 2000th anniversary of the death of Caesar Augustus, but 61 years ago today the elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was overthrown by US and UK intelligence services working with a group of Iranian military officers. In place of the elected government they established an absolute… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: the 1953 Iranian coup