Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean

Militias controlled by Tehran are poised to complete a land corridor that would give Iran huge power in the region Not far from Mosul, a large military force is finalising plans for an advance that has been more than three decades in the making. The troops are Shia militiamen who have fought against the Islamic…

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The Life and Times of Princess Fawzia

Princess Fawzia

ED. NOTE: I don’t always write about perfume. In fact, once upon a time, I wrote mainly about history under the name “Pandora’s Box.” A few are already posted and hidden in the archives, but I’m in the process of transferring over a few more articles — namely, a two-part series about Princess Fawzia of…

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FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1969–1976, VOLUME E–4, DOCUMENTS ON IRAN AND IRAQ, 1969–1972

Washington, May 1972 A Modern Housing Development, Still Limited to a Few Urban Areas [Page 3] DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE Intelligence Report Centers of Power in Iran May 1972 No. 2035/72 [Photo: A Mountain Village, Typical of Most of Iran] [Photo: A Modern Housing Development, Still Limited to a Few Urban Areas] CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Directorate…

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The British And U.S. Governments Installed Khomeini Into Power In 1979

Documents seen by BBC suggest Carter administration paved way for Khomeini to return to Iran by holding the army back from launching a military coup Iranian leaders have reacted with fury to reports that newly declassified US diplomatic cables revealed extensive contacts between Ayatollah Khomeini and the Carter administration just weeks ahead of Iran’s Islamic…

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Farah Diba Pahlavi: The United States attempted to hand over the Shah to Khomeini in the Azores

The last Empress of Persia is now 70 years old and has spent the last 30 in exile. In this interview, by e-mail, she tells of her anguish at Lajes Air Base one night in March 1980. Four months later, Reza Pahlavi died in Cairo. Today she hopes that Tehran’s Islamic regime has its days…

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