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Iran–Contra affair


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Lectures in History: Iran-Contra Affair

The Iran–Contra affair, also referred to as Irangate, Contragate or the Iran–Contra scandal, was a political scandal in the United States that occurred during the second term of the Reagan Administration. Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to 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, and also hoped to negotiate the release of several U.S. hostages. Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress.
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    • Background 

    • Arms sales to Iran 

    • Discovery and scandal 

    • Tower Commission 

    • Congressional committees investigating the affair 

    • Aftermath 

    • Reports and documents