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Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop




During the Cold War, oil played a huge role in fueling the US effort against the Russian expansion of communism. The Iranian Prime minister Mohammad Mossadeq wanted to nationalize Iranian oil, he was suspected by the US to attempt oil deals with the USSR and abandon the previous oil concessions with the West. Dr. Donald N Wilber, one of the head CIA writers for the US–UK joint coup against Iran wrote “Overthrow of Premier Mossadeq of Iran: November 1952 - August 1953”. The paper is written post events of the coup in 1954, it is a record of the involvement and the planning done by the United States in order to reinstall the pro-west Reza Shah monarch to guarantee the west oil concessions. The document written by Dr. Wilber shows that the United States manipulated Iran to secure oil in order to gain advantages during the Cold War.






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