In July of 1952, eight months after he got back from Washington, and in the middle of fighting Anglo-Iranian in the World Court, Mossadegh paid a visit to the Shah and asked him to relinquish control over the army. The Shah refused. So Mossadegh resigned. The British and the Shah were ecstatic and appointed a new puppet PM who announced a new order – the British would be back in control over the oil and anyone who complained would be arrested. The country erupted in protest. And so Mossadegh was re-appointed within days – now with complete control over the army.

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