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Top 10 ways US tries to subvert Iran

Iran isn't the only one misbehaving. Here's a look at how the US tries to bring down Iran.

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TEHRAN, Iran — Late last month the United States accused Iran of plotting to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Washington.

In the following weeks, before the release of a UN report on Iran’s nuclear capacity, the United States threatened economic sanctions and even possible strikes, condemning Iran for secretly pursuing weapons of mass destruction.

But it isn’t only Iran that is up to no good. For decades the United States has been attempting to subvert its self-made archenemy by attacking its character, infrastructure and economy, using both a propaganda campaign at home and clandestine operations abroad.

Here’s a look at some of the ways the United States has tried to bring down Iran.

1) US ousts Iran’s democratic leader

A general view of Tehran early on July 24, 2011. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

The 1953 overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected prime minister, Mohammad Mossadeq — who was TIME Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1951— changed the trajectory of US foreign policy forever. Believing Iran was swept up in the rising tide of communism, the United States leapt into action, unfurling a multi-pronged effort to undermine the Middle East’s first credible attempt at democracy. The plan would later become the blueprint for generations of future CIA regime changes, including the current effort in the new Iran. For Iranians, the overthrow of Mossadeq is still the basis for most anti-American sentiment.

“If this operation had not been launched, we might have had a large democratic country in the heart of the Muslim Middle East all these 60 years,” said Stephen Kinzer, a columnist and author of “All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror.” “I can hardly wrap
 my mind around what that would have meant and how different the region
 might look today."