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CIA Documents on Iran, Mossadegh, 1953 Coup | 1951-1954

This archive collects declassified CIA documents on Iran, Dr. Mossadegh, oil negotiations and the 1953 coup. The transcribed documents are supplemented with in-depth analysis, footnotes, annotations and other background information, with regular updates to follow.

U.S. State Department Documents on Iran | 1951-1954

National Security Council (NSC) documents on Iran




CIA Documents

The Current Crisis In Iran | March 16, 1951

Iranian Developments | May 1, 1951

Current Developments In Iran | May 22, 1951

Role of the Haifa Refinery in the Iranian Crisis | July 9, 1951

Official Diary | July 30, 1952

Ayatollah Kashani’s Threat to Mossadegh | September 7-30, 1952

Prospects For Survival of Mossadeq Regime in Iran | October 14, 1952

Tudeh Party Attitude Regarding Certain Political Leaders and Elements | October 21, 1952

Solution in Iran | November 28, 1952

The Iranian Situation (Allen Dulles to Pres. Eisenhower) | March 1, 1953

Mossadeq Slowly Consolidating Position | March 1953

Measures which the United States Government Might Take in Support of a Successor Government to Mosadeq | March – July 1953

General Zahedi seeks Shah’s support to overthrow Mossadeq | April 2, 1953

Political Prospects In Iran | July 29, 1953

CIA Drafts Official U.S. Statement For After 1953 Coup In Iran | Aug. 5, 1953

Shah’s Decrees Obtained, Zahedi Needs Firm Guidance | August 14, 1953

Assessment of the Iranian Situation | August 17, 1953

Memorandum Prepared in the Directorate of Plans | August 17, 1953

Telegram to Burton Berry & Kermit Roosevelt | August 17, 1953

Telegram to Burton Berry from Kermit Roosevelt | August 17, 1953

CIA Commendations For Officers Involved In 1953 Coup | August 20-26, 1953

Transmittal of Texts of Messages Sent By Prime Minister Zahedi and Prime Minister Churchill | September 16, 1953

Highlights of the Mossadeq Trial | Nov. 1953

Opposition to the Zahedi Regime | Nov. 12, 1953

A Study of Electoral Methods in Iran | Nov. 13, 1953

Tudeh Party Reaction To Nixon Visit and Resumption of Iranian-British Relations | December 15, 1953

Iran [Undated Memo Four Months After 1953 Coup] | Dec-Jan. 1953

Letter From Allen Dulles Commending Donald N. Wilber | January 30, 1954

Campaign To Install Pro-Western Government In Iran | March 8, 1954

Iranian Reactions To Oil Consortium Proposals | April 28, 1954

CIA Propaganda and Psy-Ops in Iran To Help Zahedi Survive | July 8, 1954

Status of Iranian Oil Negotiations | July 30, 1954

Iran’s Financial Crisis | June 2, 1961

The Shah of Iran’s Current Outlook | March 30, 1966


After Razmara’s Death, CIA Probes “The Current Crisis In Iran”
The assassination of Iranian Premier Ali Razmara — March 1951

Ayatollah Kashani’s Threat to Mossadegh | CIA, Sept. 1952
The assassination of Iranian Premier Ali Razmara — March 1951

Zahedi In “Dream World”, Needs “Firm Realistic Guidance” | CIA, Aug. 1953
Shah's Decrees Obtained For Coup, Fazlollah Zahedi Needs Firm Guidance

LOST IN IRAQ: The Shah’s Baghdad Sojourn
LOST IN IRAQ: The Shah's Baghdad Sojourn | Aug. 16, 1953

After OPERATION AJAX, CIA Commendations Planned for 1953 Coup In Iran
After OPERATION AJAX, CIA Commendations Planned for 1953 Coup in Iran

Zahedi & Churchill’s Secret Messages After 1953 Coup
After OPERATION AJAX, CIA Commendations Planned for 1953 Coup in Iran

Highlights of the Mossadeq Trial | 9-Point CIA Memo (Nov. 1953)
Highlights of the Mossadeq Trial | CIA Memo (Nov. 1953)

A Study of Electoral Methods in Iran | CIA Report, Nov. 1953
A Study of Electoral Methods in Iran | CIA Report, Nov. 1953

Allen Dulles Praised TP-AJAX As a “Major Victory”
A Study of Electoral Methods in Iran | CIA Report, Nov. 1953

Campaign To Install Pro-Western Government In Iran
Campaign To Install Pro-Western Government In Iran | CIA document, March 1954

CIA Weighs Ali Amini's “Serious Financial Problems”
CIA Weighs Ali Amini's “Serious Financial Problems” (June 1961)





CIA Propaganda

Our National Character | 1953

Mossadeq’s Spy Service | 1953

Along the Road Toward Dictatorship | August 1953

Rare CIA Propaganda Depicts Mossadegh As Power-Mad Dictator
Along the Road Toward Dictatorship | CIA Propaganda (1953)

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