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...Americans hostage for 444 days because he wanted to showcase Iran’s “independence and opposition to American power.” Taking place during two presidential terms, the lengthy Iranian hostage crisis heightened tensions and created a long lasting rift between the United States and Iran. Americans were outraged over the Iranians mistreatment of the hostages, and Khomeini’s followers still resented the secularization of Iran under the Shah’s puppet regime. Over the course of two decades, the Iranian citizens developed a negative view of the United States and western culture because the despotic, U.S.-backed Shah failed to improve the welfare of all Iranian social classes. Operation Ajax was ultimately unsuccessful as the unpopular rule of the Shah engendered the deterioration of U.S. – Iran relations, and Iran’s secular form of government was replaced with Sharia law.
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