Of all the countries in the Middle East, Iran's relationship with the United States has been one of

Of all the countries in the Middle East, Iran's relationship with the United States has been one of

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Relations with Iran Of all the countries in the Middle East, Iran's relationship with the United States has been one of the most contentious. It's been a roller coaster ride of events since the Islamic Republic of Iran seized control in 1979. Changes in American presidents have brought changes to the foreign policy and a radical change in power in Iran initiated sharp changes from the foreign policy of Mohammad Shah. Iran is not an unsophisticated country nor are its people unrefined in any way. And most, even among the worshipers at the Friday prayer service, do not fit the stereotype of one who frequently calls for "Death to Israel" or "Death to America." But there is still much dislike towards the Western countries, especially for the U.S. Why such anger at the United States? Where did Iran's traumatic experience with America begun? It actually started out as a feud between Iran and Britain over, what else, but oil. An Iranian Prime Minister, Muhammad Mussadiq, in the early 50's made it his goal to end Britain's long-standing plunder of Iranian oil. He did so by founding the Iranian oil Co. In 1951, Mussadiq took decisive action, nationalizing the British oil firm that had enjoyed a sweet deal with Iran. Despite much frustration in England, he set up the National Iranian Oil Co. British leaders asked the U.S. president at that time, Truman, to help in their efforts, since Truman had a more trusted position in Tehran, to overthrow Mussadiq. Affiliations between the two countries were on and off even before World War II. During World War II the Allies feared the monarch's close relations with Nazi Germany. In September 1941, following the occupation of western Iran by the Soviet
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Union and the United Kingdom, Reza Shah was forced to abdicate. The son of Reza Shah, Mohammad, would then rule until 1979. The start of Mohammad Shah's reign
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