Unseen images of the 1953 Iran coup – in pictures
The Guardian is publishing hitherto unseen pictures of Iran’s 1953 coup, taken by Dr William Arthur Cram, a former education officer at the US embassy in Tehran. Engineered by the CIA and the British intelligence to safeguard the west’s oil interests, the coup which overthrew the democratically elected prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddeq, consolidated the shah’s rule until the 1979 Islamic revolution. In 2013, the CIA publicly admitted that it was behind the coup, but Britain is yet to come clean. Cram’s images have captions by the late photographer himself
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