Iran's 1953 coup – A communist newspaper's office equipment is burned in the streets of Tehran on August 19, 1953, during the pro-Shah riot that swept through Iran's capital. After a day of fighting, Royalist forces triumphed and Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was ousted. A declassified CIA document acknowledges that the agency was involved in the coup.
Iran's 1953 coup – Soldiers chase rioters during civil unrest in Tehran. Massive protests broke out across the nation in 1953.
Iran's 1953 coup – An Iranian woman waves a club after joining other demonstrators in the streets of Tehran. British and U.S. intelligence agencies helped organize protests and pull pro-Shah forces together.
Iran's 1953 coup – Rioters armed with staves are chased by soldiers in Tehran.
Iran's 1953 coup – Gen. Fazlollah Zahedi is seated on August 19, 1953, in a Tehran officers club a few hours after the successful coup d'etat. Zahedi was appointed the country's new prime minister.
Iran's 1953 coup – A resident washes "Yankee Go Home" graffiti off a wall in Tehran on August 21, 1953. Zahedi ordered a clean-up after the coup.
Iran's 1953 coup – Former Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh steps off a plane in late August 1953. He was imprisoned for three years and put under house arrest until his death in 1967.