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Operation Ajax (1953) (officially TP-AJAX) was a covert operation by Great Britain and the United States to remove the democratic cabinet of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh from power, to support the Pahlavi dynasty and consolidate the power of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. The idea of overthrowing Mossadegh was conceived by the British. They originally asked President Truman for assistance, but he refused. When Eisenhower, a Republican, became president in 1953, the British proposed the idea once again, and this time, the Americans agreed to help.
Iran: Police Attack Women?s Day Celebration
(New York, March 9, 2006) ? Iranian police and plainclothes agents yesterday charged a peaceful assembly of women?s rights activists in Tehran and beat hundreds of women and men who had gathered to commemorate International Women?s Day, Human Rights Watch said today.