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To: Squawk 8888

***Iran, a neutral during the war,***

They sure of this? I read that Iran was allied with the Axis and that is why Stalin invaded and occupied Tehran.

Iraq was pro-Axis and once sent bombers to hit the airport at British occupied Jerusalem.


4 posted on 04/20/2012 8:20:18 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

It’s called “Iran” instead of “Persia” today because the then-Shah was so enamored with Hitler and the Nazis he named his country after the Farsi word for “Aryan.”


5 posted on 04/20/2012 8:21:20 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
why Stalin invaded and occupied Tehran

?????

6 posted on 04/20/2012 8:29:10 AM PDT by xone
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar; xone

Persia was a neutral nation during WW2. There were several factions in the government that were sympathetic towards the Germany, but no more so then Argentina. They did not actually join the Axis, or fight the Allies like the Iraqi rebels did.

However, in 1941, the Soviet Union was reeling from the Axis invasion and desperately needed support in the form of Lend Lease. The northern supply route through Murmansk was just getting started and was very risky. It was decided that a land route through Persia would be of significant value in sending equipment and supplies to the Soviets. The British tried to convince the Persians to join the Allies, but they refused, and said that they were going to remain neutral in this conflict. Thus, in mid 1941, the British and Soviets invaded and the country was occupied for the duration of the war in order to secure its oil fields and a transport corridor to southern Russia.


8 posted on 04/20/2012 9:43:20 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
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