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Lectures in History: Iran-Contra Affair

President Reagan Meets With Aides on Iran-Contra (1986)

President Reagan Meets With Aides on Iran-Contra (1986)

St. Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Metropolitan State University professor Douglas Rossinow teaches a class on the Iran-Contra affair, which took place in the mid-1980s during the Reagan Administration. The Iran-Contra affair stems from Reagan administration officials funding the Contras - who were fighting against the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua - with money from the sale of arms to Iran. The arms were being sold to Iran in the hope of gaining the release of American hostages held in Lebanon - hence the reason the affair is sometimes called as the “arm-for-hostages” scandal. Metropolitan State University is in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Updated: Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:38pm (ET)

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