Iran-West Relationship

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  • Iran's Islamic Revolution

    Iran's Islamic Revolution
    The leader of Iran called "The Shah" left the country. He was replaced two weeks later by a Shiite Muslim cleric named Khomeini. Khomeini replaced s government that had separation of church and state to one run by priests. Source
  • American Embassy Occupied

    American Embassy Occupied
    The group, Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line was angered over the Shah that had recently been dispoed of, was let into the United States. They occupied the AMerican Embassy in Tehran, and held 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days.
  • Hezabollah Bombings

    The Islamic militant group Hezabollah, was involved in many anti-American terrorist attacts including the April 1983 United States Embassy bombing which killed 17 Americans, and the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing which killed 241 U.S. peace keepers in Lebanon.
  • Iran-Contra Affair

    Iran-Contra Affair
    People in the Regan Administration helped sell weapons to Iran. Docuemts of this exchange were destroyed and Regan denied that the exchange happened.
  • Operation Praying Mantis

    Operation Praying Mantis
    In April of 1988, the United States launched Operation Praying Mantis agains Iran as retaliation for Iran mining areas of the of the Persian Gulf.
  • Iran Named Enemy #1

    A former agent of Isreal's Mossad spy agency named Joseph Alpher said "Iran has to be identified as Enemy No. 1." Iran's emerging nuclear program was unsettling to Isreal Source
  • Khobar Towers bombing

    Khobar Towers bombing
    This was another boming that the Hezbollah militant group was in involved in.
  • "Axis of evil" speech

    "Axis of evil" speech
    President Bush gave his "Axis of evil" speech, describing Iran, along with North Korea and Iraq, as an axis of evil and warning that the procreation of long-range missiles developed by these countries constituted terrorism and threatened the United States. The speech caused outrage in Iran.
  • 9/11

    9/11
    The 9/11 Commission Report stated that 8 to 10 of the hijackers on 9/11 passed through Iran and their travel was facilitated by Iranian border guards. The report also noted that "a senior operative of Hezbollah," Imad Mughniyah was on the flight
  • Coalition of the Willing

    The ‘Coalition of the Willing’, led by the United States, successfully invaded Iraq, motivated by alleged development of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Elected

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Elected
    On June 24th, 2005 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected as the sixth president of Iran. Source
  • Natanz Enrichment Facility

    Natanz Enrichment Facility
    On January 10th, 2006 the Natanz Enrichment Facility resumed its enrichment of uranium despite having made agreements with the IAEA to suspend production. Source
  • Iranian Diplomats released

    The United States released five Iranian diplomats, Mohsen Bagheri, Mahmoud Farhadi, Majid Ghaemi, Majid Dagheri and Abbas Jami, who had been held since January 2007.
  • Senate votes to back Isreal

    Reported on the 23rd of May, The U.S. Senate voted to back Isreal in the case of a military strike on Iran's nuclear program for "legitimate self-defense". Source
  • President Barack Obama and Rouhani

    President Barack Obama and Rouhani
    President Barack Obama and Rouhani spoke on the phone for 15 minutes on September, 27th. This is the highest communication between Iran and the United States since 1979, during the Islamic Revolution.