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The 1953 Iran coup

A US-backed coup in 1953 brought the Shah to power in Iran. Hear archive recordings of a CIA officer and an interview with the grandson of the deposed president Mohammed Mossadeq.

The coup of 1953 changed the course of Iranian history. The USA - with British help - overthrew a nationalist president and installed the Shah in power.

Alan Johnston uses archive recordings of the CIA officer who played a part and talks to the grandson of Mohammed Mossadeq, the deposed president.

Photo: Iranian statesman Mohammed Mossadeq (1880 - 1967), the President of Iran from 1951 - 1953. (Credit: Keystone/Getty Images)

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