Iran-Contra affair [(i-ran, i-rahn, eye-ran; kon-truh, kohn-trah)]
A scandal in the administration of President Ronald Reagan, which came to light when it was revealed that in the mid-1980s the United States secretly arranged arms sales to Iran in return for promises of Iranian assistance in securing the release of Americans held hostage in Lebanon. Proceeds from the arms sales then were covertly and illegally funneled to the Contras, rebels fighting the Marxist Sandinista government in Nicaragua.
[ih-rey-nee-uh n, ih-rah-, ahy-rey-] /ɪˈreɪ ni ən, ɪˈrɑ-, aɪˈreɪ-/ adjective 1. of or relating to , its inhabitants, or their language. 2. of or relating to the Iranian languages. noun 3. a subbranch of the Indo-European family of languages, including especially Persian, Pashto, Avestan, and Kurdish. 4. an inhabitant of ; Persian. /ɪˈreɪnɪən/ noun 1. […]
noun 1. a plateau in SW Asia, mostly in Iran, extending from the Tigris to the Indus rivers. 1,000,000 sq. mi. (2,590,000 sq. km).
[ee-rah-pwah-taw] /ˌi rɑˈpwɑ tɔ/ noun 1. a city in Guanajuato, in central Mexico.
[ih-rak, ih-rahk] /ɪˈræk, ɪˈrɑk/ noun 1. a republic in SW Asia, N of Saudi Arabia and W of Iran, centering in the Tigris-Euphrates basin of Mesopotamia. 172,000 sq. mi. (445,480 sq. km). Capital: Baghdad. /ɪˈrɑːk/ noun 1. a republic in SW Asia, on the Persian Gulf: coextensive with ancient Mesopotamia; became a British mandate in […]