Today is not an exact date in U.S. military history, but it is an important one. The U.S. military was not involved at the time, but the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was. Details follow.

Today is not an exact date in U.S. military history, but it is an important one.  The U.S. military was not involved at the time, but the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was.  Details follow.
On this date in 1953, 63 years ago, was the first day of a new era in Iran. 
The day before, Aug. 19, the CIA had  assisted in engineering a coup to topple the dictator of Iran, Premier Mohammed Mosaddegh, who had overthrown the Shah of Iran a few years before.
It was a bit of a complicated  operation.  British intelligence sources, working closely with the CIA, had concluded that Mosaddegh had communist leanings and would work to move Iran into the Soviet orbit if he continued in office.
So the CIA agreed to work with British intelligence and the Shah to depose Mosaddegh and reinstate the Shah.

But international espionage and intrigue is a delicate and murky place, and British intelligence backed away from supporting the plot. 
Worse, Mosaddegh got wind of it and called on his supporters to take to the streets in protest. 
At that point, the Shah, who was still in the country, left suddenly for "medical reasons." 
Minus British assistance, the CIA continued its mission and continued covert operations in Iran.
Working with pro-Shah forces and, more importantly, with the Iranian military, the CIA helped to organize a subsequent attempt to oust Mosaddegh, without British assistance. 
On Aug. 19, 1953, the military, backed by street protests organized and financed by the CIA, overthrew Mosaddegh.
The Shah quickly returned to Iran, cured of his mysterious illness, and to show his appreciation signed over 40 percent of Iran's oil fields to U.S. companies.
 

It was a good deal for a while.
But the international scene changes frequently, and fast.  The Shah remained in power, and a great friend of the U.S., until another coup and revolution on Nov. 4, 1979.
 On that date Muslim students, so called, seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, capturing all Americans inside, and held it until Jan. 20, 1981.
The American hostages were released, and America left Iran.
The Middle East cauldron continued to boil, and as other dictators came to power, other struggles occurred. 
Iran and Iraq went to war in 1980 that lasted until 1988, to no conclusion. 

But during its eight years Iranian forces and the U.S. Navy had some clashes in the region.
Iran has since been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, the most prolific such sponsor in the world today. 
But that has not stopped the current U.S. administration from making deals with the Iranian government, which is under tremendous U.S.  economic sanctions and export controls regarding its work in producing a nuclear bomb.     

There continue to be confrontations between the U.S. military and Iran. 
A few months ago a U.S. Navy small boat was detained by the Iranians for allegedly straying into Iranian territorial waters. 
The crew was released, but the saga continues with the recent reprimand of  the U.S. Navy person in charge for his conduct during the incident.
And while petty infractions are alleged and acted upon, Iran continues to work toward the development of a nuclear device.  Iranian neighbor and U.S. ally Israel says it will not allow Iran to become a nuclear nation. 
So what will happen next?  I've got my prognostication, but I'm not noted as a prognosticator, so readers will not get the benefit (?) of that.  So, what is next in the unpredictable Middle East?