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On January 16, 1979 The iranian revolution Started and the shah left iran.
Iran canceled a $9 billion arms deal with the United States made during the shah's reign.
The United States cut off diplomatic relations with Iran.
During a visit to JApan, Parliamentary Speaker Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani called on the United States to restore relations with Iran. Later that month, he played a role in ending the hijacking of TWA 847, the 17-day hostage ordeal of 39 Americans in Beirut.
American writer Edward Tracy was taken hostage in Lebanon. A few days later, the United States provided 1,000 TOW missiles to Iran. On Nov. 2, American hostage David Jacobsen was freed in Beirut.
The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa exposed secret dealings between Iran, Israel and the United States, which became known as the “Iran-Contra affair.”
The frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts was badly damaged by an Iranian mine U.S. forces responded with Operation Praying Mantis on April 18, the U. S. Navy’s larges t engagement of surface warships since World War II . Two Iranian oil platforms, two Iranian ships and six Iranian gunboats were destroyed.
Terry Anderson, the last American hostage in Lebanon, was freed after Iranian intervention.
Iran cut diplomatic relations with Israel.
Iran and Iraq resumed diplomatic ties, although Iran condemned the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
Iran and Algeria broke off ties after Algeria accused Iran of supporting the opposition Islamic Salvation Front. Tehran denied the charges. Diplomatic relations were restored in September.
Iran and South Africa reestablished diplomatic relations after the end of apartheid. The shah and South Africa had good relations, which ended after the 1979 revolution when the theocracy imposed a trade and oil boycott.
During a state visit to Moscow , Iranian President Khatami and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed tHE first cooperation and security agreement since the Iranian revolution.
EX-FBI agent Robert Levinson goes missing during a visit to Iran.
Newly elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to “vanish in the pages of time.” The statement was widely interpreted as a call for Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth.
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