|Parliament to study bill on U.S.-British engineered coup against Iran||
TEHRAN – The Iranian parliament has decided to study a bill that requires the government to legally and politically pursue the case of the coup against Iran’s democratically elected government of Mohammad Mosaddeq in 1953.
Should the bill be passed, a committee comprising of the country’s political apparatus and other organizations will be formed to take the case to international courts and seek reparations for financial and spiritual damages on the Iranian nation.
According to the Guardian, the CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Mosaddeq’s government, in documents that also show how the British government tried to block the release of information about its own involvement in his overthrow.
“The military coup that overthrew Mosaddeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government,” reads a previously excised section of an internal CIA history titled The Battle for Iran.
The documents describe in detail how the U.S. – with British help – engineered the coup, codenamed TPAJAX by the CIA and Operation Boot by Britain’s MI6.
The covert action in 1953 by MI6 and the CIA toppled Mosaddeq in retaliation for his decision to nationalize British oil assets in the country.
British documents show how senior officials in the 1970s tried to stop Washington from releasing documents that would be “very embarrassing” to the UK.
Mosaddeq’s overthrow, still given as a reason for the Iranian mistrust of British and American politicians, consolidated the Shah’s rule for the next 26 years until the 1979 Islamic revolution. It was aimed at making sure the Iranian monarchy would safeguard the West’s oil interests in the country.
The archived CIA documents include a draft internal history of the coup titled “Campaign to install a pro-Western government in Iran”, which defines the objective of the campaign as “through legal, or quasi-legal, methods to effect the fall of the Mosaddeq government; and to replace it with a pro-Western government under the Shah’s leadership with Zahedi as its prime minister”.
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