Talk:1953 Iranian coup d'état

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Newly Declassified Documents[edit]

The US Government Office of the Historian just released a volume of official documents from 1951 to 1954 on US foreign policy in regard to Iran, including the Truman administration's attempts at understanding Mossagegh and the covert operation during the Eisenhower administration. The volume can be used to further expand this article. See here. NIGHTdevil 05:05, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

Article about it: Foreign PolicyTerrorist96 (talk) 08:08, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

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Misleading reference to John Foster Dulles[edit]

As of 2017-07-27, the text includes, "Worried about Britain's other interests in Iran, and (thanks to the Tudeh party)[12] believing that Iran's nationalism was really a Soviet-backed plot, Britain persuaded US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles that Iran was falling to the Soviets—effectively exploiting the American Cold War mindset. Since President Harry S. Truman was busy fighting a war in Korea, he did not agree to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh." This is at best misleading, because John Foster Dulles did not become US Secretary of State until after Harry Truman left office and Dwight D. Eisenhower became president. Dean Acheson was Truman's Secretary of State.

This needs to be fixed, but I don't know enough to be confident in exactly how it should be changed. I hope someone who knows this subject better than I do will fix it. Thanks, DavidMCEddy (talk) 16:10, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

RfC about the list of commanders in the infobox[edit]

Should we list Miles Copeland Jr. and Shapoor Reporter among the commanders in the infobox? Binksternet (talk) 00:01, 8 April 2018 (UTC)


Threaded discussion[edit]

  • Both of these men – Miles Copeland, Jr. and Shapoor Reporter – worked as staff members in their respective intelligence agencies. Neither one is described in reliable sources as a station commander or otherwise a commander of significant forces in the 1953 coup. Rather, they were serving in a larger hierarchy. Copeland served under Kermit Roosevelt, as did Donald Wilber who is arguably more important than Copeland, since Wilber is described as the coup's operational leader while Roosevelt was the senior leader on site. Regarding the hierarchy to which Shapoor Reporter reported, the British spies had been kicked out of Iran in 1952, so Reporter, left without a local boss, started going to the US consulate with his information. Author Abolghassem Khamneipur describes Reporter as equally important to the British effort in the 1953 coup as Iran specialists Ann Lambton and Robert Charles Zaehner, with Zaehner the most important.[1] Reporter, Lambton and Zaehner supplied information. They didn't command forces. Binksternet (talk) 00:01, 8 April 2018 (UTC)