Banisadr, Iran’s first president after 1979 revolution, dies


Tape recordings of Khomeini’s statements were sold in Europe and delivered to Iran. Others messages were sent by phone and read out to Iranian supporters. Those messages laid the groundwork for Khomeini’s return after the shah, fatally ill, fled Iran in early 1979, though the cleric remained unsure he had the support, Banisadr once said.



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