Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

3:02pm

Sun September 29, 2013
Author Interviews

How Two Brothers Waged A 'Secret World War' In The 1950s

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 4:30 pm

Courtesy of Times Books

John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles were the forefathers of using covert operations to upset foreign governments — with the aim of overthrow.

They learned the reach of American power abroad when they were partners at an influential New York law firm. Later, with John Foster Dulles serving as secretary of state and Allen Dulles as CIA chief, they shared power in the President Dwight Eisenhower's administration.

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5:19am

Fri September 13, 2013
World

As Talks Continue, CIA Gets Some Weapons To Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:13 pm

A Free Syrian Army fighter looks through the scope of his sniper rifle at an area controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in Aleppo.
Reuters/Landov
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It's Day Two of talks in Geneva between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who are seeing if they can come to an agreement on Russia's suggestion that Syria hand over its chemical weapons to international monitors — and thus avert a possible strike by the U.S. military.

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4:18pm

Sun September 1, 2013
History

Declassified Documents Reveal CIA Role In 1953 Iranian Coup

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 4:44 pm

Former Iranian Premier Mohammed Mossadegh appears in October 1951. The CIA's overthrow of Mossadegh was a template for the agency's covert operations going forward.
AP

The Central Intelligence Agency was behind the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh in 1953. It's been an open secret for decades, but last week, The George Washington University's National Security Archive released newly declassified documents proving it.

Orchestrating the Iranian coup d'état was a first for the CIA and would serve as the template for future Cold War covert operations worldwide.

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8:21am

Mon August 26, 2013
World

New Details On How U.S. 'Helped Saddam As He Gassed Iran'

Then-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein (at right) behind an artillery piece during the Iraq-Iran war. (An undated photo from the 1980s.)
Reuters/Landov

Newly declassified CIA documents "combined with exclusive interviews with former intelligence officials, reveal new details about the depth of the United States' knowledge of how and when Iraq" used chemical weapons against Iran in the 1980s, Foreign Policy reports.

According to the magazine:

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9:33am

Fri August 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Did You Know? Area 51 Nearly Killed 4 Important Visitors

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 9:47 am

Don't go there: A warning sign marks the boundary of Area 51 in Nevada.
Dan Callister Getty Images

OK, our headline may be a bit of a stretch. But you'll see why we said that in this quick guide to some of the interesting things about the mysterious Area 51 that are part of a recently declassified CIA history of the U-2 spy plane program:

-- It Almost Killed Some Important Visitors (Sort Of).

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