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Category:National
Author: The Associated Press

AP WAS THERE: Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution sweeps nation

Posted on:February 11, 2019

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Feb. 11, 1979, after days of running street battles and uncertainty, Iran's military stood down and allowed the Islamic Revolution to sweep across the country.The caretaker government left behind by the cancer-stricken Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who weeks earlier left the nation, quickly crumbled as the soldiers once backing it embraced the supporters of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.Foreigners who hadn't fled, including a vast population of Americans, soon began trying to leave. President Jimmy Carter said "we stand ready to work with" Iran's new leaders, slowly loosening America's long embrace of the shah as its main Mideast ally.

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