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INU- Hassan Rouhani's choice for defence minister is a former terrorist student who stormed the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979, taking 53 American diplomats hostage.

Hossein Dehghan was among the 'Line of Iman' extremists who held the hostages captive for 444 days until their release in January 1981.

Dehghan, was born in 1957 in the city of Shahreza in central Iran and was one of the founder members of the Revolutionary Guards.

As a veteran IRGC commander, he was active in suppressing the opposition in Tehran in 1982 and 1991, and was also an IRGC commander in Lebanon in the early 1980s.

Details of Dehghan's role in the US hostage crisis has been referred to on various websites of the clerical regime, including shakhsiatnegar.com and the 'Muslim Students followers of Line of Imam' site. However this information has been omitted from his official biography provided to the press following his nomination.

 

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