Culture Re-View: The US-Iran hostage crisis finally comes to an end

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Euronews (English)

20 January 1981: After 444 days, a hostage crisis gripping the world comes to an end. After centuries of Britain, Russia and then the US playing territorial games with the Middle East for their own gain, the Western stranglehold on the region’s politics was faltering. In few places was that clearer than Iran in the late 70s. Attempting to retain control over Iran’s oil, the West had put their political might behind the dictatorial Shah regime since the Second World War. Dissent grew and bubbled over in 1978 with the Iranian Revolution, led by Ayatollah Khomeini. In 1979, the Shah was taken ill…

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