The struggle between the USA and Iran

Some Background information: Iran Hostage Crisis

November 4, 1979

A group of Iranian students charged the U.S Embassy in Tehran.

Here, they took more than 60 American hostages.

President Jimmy Carter’s decision to allow Iran’s deposed Shah, a pro-Western autocrat who had been expelled from his country just months before to come to the United States to receive cancer treatment triggered the issue.

The hostage-taking meant more than the Shah’s medical care; it was a noticeable way for student revolutionaries to declare a break with the past of Iran and an end to it’s American interference in its affairs.

This also raised the intra and international awareness of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini– the anti-America cleric and revolution’s leader.

Finally the students released their hostages January 21, 1981.

444 days after the crisis began and only hours after President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address.
Many people now believe that the hostage crisis cost Jimmy Carter a second term of his presidency.

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