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CIA Confirms Role In 1953 Iran Coup

Newly released CIA documents tell more, but not all, about the coup. National Security Archive — an academic site, not a government one — provides introduction, background, links. “American and British involvement in Mosaddeq’s ouster has long been public knowledge, but today’s posting includes what is believed to be the CIA’s first formal acknowledgement that the agency helped to plan and execute the coup” (1,150 words)

War In Iraq: The Decision

Monumental analysis of US actions leading up to Iraq invasion. Bush kept war plans secret, even from Brits, to avoid debate on alternatives. NB, this “NSA” is an academic project, not a government agency

Saddam Hussein Talks To FBI

Interviewed in captivity in 2004, Saddam calls Bin Laden a “zealot”, echoes US hostility towards “fanatic” Iranian mullahs, sees North Korea as potential ally

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