Why the US and Iran hate each other


By Philip Whiteside, international news reporter

On 11 February 1979, one of the world’s most resonant recent revolutions came to an end.

The Iranian army returned to its barracks, apparently accepting that the supporters of the Islamic leader Ayatollah Khomeini were in power.

It was a remarkable end to a turbulent fortnight that has since been called the Iranian or Islamic revolution.

The aftermath of that short period created diplomatic fault lines that continue to this day, forcing two countries onto irremediably opposite sides, to the extent that they are now, not just literally, continents apart.

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