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The Contras

Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 5 months ago

Weeks 32-35 Modern History IDs

 

Scandal with the Contras

 

Background

 

  • Armed opponents of Nicaragua's Sandinista regime (Contras)
  • Accused of attacking civilians and crimes against humanity
  • Conflict claimed 30,000 lives
  • Received aid from Argentina and the United States under President Reagan

 

Iran-Contra Scandal

 

  • Reagan sold arms illegally to Iran
  • Funds used from these transactions were used to fund the Contras
  • Reagan initially denied this, but recanted
  • Two men involved in this, Oliver North and John Poindexter were indicted
  • Reagan's approval ratings dropped after the affair was made public

 

 

President Ronald Reagan was at the center of the Iran-Contra Scandal, but faced no charges. His approval rate after the incident dropped however.

 

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