What was significant about the Iran Contra affair?
Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to the Khomeini government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. The administration hoped to use the proceeds of the arms sale to fund the Contras in Nicaragua.
What role did the CIA play in the Iran Contra?
CIA personnel proved instrumental in the Iran-Contra affair of the mid-1980s involving a triangulation of arms-dealing and arms-smuggling between the United States military, Iran, and right-wing Contra groups waging a civil war in Nicaragua.
How did the Iranian hostage crisis end?
Minutes after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as the 40th president of the United States, the 52 U.S. captives held at the U.S. embassy in Teheran, Iran, are released, ending the 444-day Iran Hostage Crisis.
Did the Contras win?
The US promised to end the economic embargo should Chamorro win. The UNO scored a decisive victory on 25 February 1990.
What happened to the Contras?
In 1987, after the discovery of private resupply efforts orchestrated by the National Security Council and Oliver North, Congress ceased all but “non-lethal” aid in 1987. The war between the Sandinistas and the Contras ended with a cease-fire in 1990.
What did the Contras do?
During their war against the Nicaraguan government, the Contras committed numerous human rights violations and used terrorist tactics. These actions were frequently carried out systematically as a part of the strategy of the Contras. These illegal activities culminated in the Iran–Contra affair.
What happened to Somoza?
Little more than a year later, Somoza was assassinated in Asunción on September 17, 1980. He was 54 years old. He was ambushed by a seven-strong Sandinista commando team (four men and three women). The action was known as “Operation Reptile”.
Did the Contras win the war?
The Contra war escalated over the year before the election. The US promised to end the economic embargo should Chamorro win. The UNO scored a decisive victory on 25 February 1990.