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February 1979 saw the exile of the Shah of Iran and the return from exile of Shiite Mullah, Ayottollah Khomeini, who became Iran's supreme leader and established an Islamic Republic. When the Shah was allowed into the United States in November 1979 Iranian millitants stormed the US embassy in Tehran and took 66 people hostage, a majority of them US citizens. Soon after Iran's interim government resigned on mass feeling they were unable to meet their duties and the country appeared to be falling into the control of militant organisations largely interested in pursuing a continued and aggressive policy of anti-westernization within Iran as well as continual anti-western rhetoric outside of Iran - regardless of what the possible consequences may have been.