Wright, Edwin M.
January 1942
Foreign Affairs;Jan1942, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p367
This article discusses the role of Iran as a gateway to the Soviet Union. The alleged reason for the Soviet and British invasion of Iran last August was the refusal of the Iranian Government to expel an unknown number of Germans who, it was feared, were paving the way for a German "coup d'état." No official statement has yet revealed the exact number of persons who were interned after the Soviet and British occupation as dangerous to the Allied cause. It is doubtful if more than a thousand men capable of bearing arms were actually interned, though it is true that most of these had held important industrial and technical positions. King Riza Pahlevi of Iran always was fearful for his throne, and for the past fifteen years he kept over 60,000 troops, half of the total army of Iran, camped around Teheran, Iran. Much of the road running northward along the eastern border from Zahidan, especially in the district of Seistan, passes through country which is practically without water and is almost uninhabited. The roadbed would need constant repairs, for which almost no facilities at present exist. Thousands of trucks would have to be imported and many repair and fuel stations organized before this road could be of any considerable value.


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