Ahmadinejad Lands in Latin America

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, gestures, as he delivers his speech, after unveiling a five-volume book set containing "Documents on the Allied Occupation of Iran during World War II", at the presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Ahmadinejad last year ordered the formation of a team to study the damages the country suffered from the 1941 Allied invasion in order to demand compensation. Britain and the Soviet Union invaded Iran on August 26, 1941, codenamed "Operation Countenance" to secure Iranian oil fields and ensure supply lines for the Soviets fighting Axis forces.

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    The United States wants Iran to be friendly, but not this friendly. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad landed in Venezuela Saturday for part of his four-nation tour in Latin America. He plans to meet with Hugo Chávez and Cuba’s Raul Castro. While the trip is Iran’s reaction to strict economic sanctions from Europe and the United States, the nation has not kept promises it’s made to Latin American allies in the past. After visiting Chávez, Ahmadinejad will go to Nicaragua, then Cuba and Ecuador.

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