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Blood for oil

Print edition : September 20, 2013

A general view of a part of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's refinery at Abadan, showing some of the storage tanks in the foreground in a 1951 photograph. This was the centre of the vast concern that controlled the oil flowing from the wells in Iran. Muhammed Mossadegh's government was toppled after he decided to nationalise the oil company. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Mohammed Mossadegh (right) speaking to C.G.K. Reddy, visiting Rajya Sabha member from India, in Tehran shortly before he was overthrown in a military coup on August 19, 1953. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Documents discovered in 2004 reveal a joint CIA-MI6 plan approved by Dwight D. Eisenhower (left) and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (right) to overthrow the Syrian government in 1957. Photo: AP/THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Duncan Sandys, who was Macmillan's Defence Secretary. The plan, whose details were found in his private papers, included the assassination of three key leaders. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Newly declassified CIA documents reveal that the CIA operated clandestine U-2 surveillance flights from an Indian base in Odisha. Photo: AP/CIA

Declassified CIA papers establish that the overthrow of the Mossadegh government in Iran in 1953 was carried out under CIA direction as part of U.S. foreign policy. The West has a similar plan in Syria.
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