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Iran's revolution: Political quake still shaking Middle East


Added 02-10-19 06:04:02am EST - “The victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran was an earthquake that upended the political order in the Middle East, and the aftershocks are still being felt 40 years later. When Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the…” - News.yahoo.com

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Tehran (AFP) - The victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran was an earthquake that upended the political order in the Middle East, and the aftershocks are still being felt 40 years later.

When Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the shah's last government in February 1979 it was a moment that for many was completely "unthinkable, unexpected", said Clement Therme, a researcher on Iran at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi had been a seen as a pillar of stability and bulwark of US influence in a region where Cold War tensions were playing out with the Soviet Union.

"One of the founding events for the foreign policy of the new regime was the taking hostage of American diplomats," said Therme.

The saga at the US embassy in Tehran ran for 444 days from November 1979 and ruptured ties between Washington and its one-time regional ally.

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