Operation Ajax: The United States Influence In Iran

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To fulfill their selfish goals, the United States initiated Operation Ajax in 1953. Operation Ajax was a plan created by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) to overthrow Mohammad Mosaddiq, a popular Iranian prime minister at the time. The plan was for an American general to take his place after the Shah (Mohammad Rezi Pahlavi) signed a royal decree which would rid him of Mosaddiq and appoint the American general. This change in leadership would allow the United States to be able to have greater influence in Iran and have greater access to Iranian oil. However, Mosaddiq publicly announced that there was a coup and had the American general arrested. The Shah signed the decree and then fled Iran because of the publicity, yet his supporters

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