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American General Leaves Tehran

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February, 3, 1979 A.D.:
American General Leaves Tehran

By: Mir M.Hosseini

General Robert E. Huyser a special envoy from Jimmy Carter left Tehran for Washington. His mission was to help the Iranian army take control of the civil uprising in Iran. Of Dutch origin Huyser was a US air force general who published the book Mission to Tehran before he died of heart attack in 1997 at the age of 73. As deputy of the U.S. European command, he knew many of top Iranian military officers. In his book he describes his mission as one that started with desperation and disunity and ended in disaster. In a speech in 1986 he said that knew it would be impossible to keep the Shah in power. Right after his arrival on Jan, 4 Huyser began a round of almost daily meetings with the army, navy, and air force top officers, plus chiefs of the police, gendarmerie and SAVAK. He left Iran on February 3, before the final confrontation between the army and the revolutionary forces.
Did Huyser come to organize a military coup? Probably as a last resort, and by that time it was too late.

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