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The Shah fled the country on 26 Day (Janurary 16, 1979), two days after calling to meeting the Council of Monarchy and obtaining vote of confidence for Bakhtiar’s cabinet.
News of the Shah's departure delighted the people in Tehran, and then all over the country people poured out in the streets, expressing happiness and joy.
Huyser's regular meetings with U.S military advisors and generals of the Shah's army could not help Bakhtiar to suppress the strikes and end the people's uprising.
Shapoor Bakhtiar, a National Front top man was the U.S's last dice to be introduced to the Shah as the Prime Minister.
Following this, General Huyser, Deputy Commander of NATO, made a trip to Iran on a secret mission for two months.
He later revealed in his confessions that his mission was to secure the support of the military forces for Bakhtiar, to organize his government, break up the strikes and prepare a coup d'etat for returning the Shah to power--similar to what had happened on 28 Mordad 1332 AH.
In Day 1357/December 1978, Imam Khomeini had established the Revolutionary Council.
Imam Khomeini's messages about the necessity to continue the struggle, made all Huyser's plans fall through.
Imam Khomeini the religious and spiritual leader of the world recommended the army officers and soldiers to defect from the brutal Pahlavi regime of Shah.
The historic decree by Imam addressed the high-ranking army officials and soldiers that they should refrain from shedding blood of their brothers, i.e., peaceful protesters who were demanding the downfall of the brutal monarchy.
The military members were also recommended to give up army ranks and join the nation in their peaceful struggle against the brutality and oppression of the Shah regime which was heavily depending on foreign powers.
The troops, members of security forces and high-ranking military officials responded positively to Imam’s decree and started giving up bases and joining the nation uprising against oppressive policies of the Shah administration.
The Shah’s puppet regime had set very strict rules to punish those who defect from the military. However, they decided to obey Imam divine order which could spare thousands of lives of peaceful protesters.
Following the Imam’s order, the military denied to open fire against protesters and joined the Islamic Revolution on mass scale.
Fourteen days later after Shah’s escape, Imam Khomeini, the spiritual and religious leader of the Islamic revolution, returned after 15 years of exile and took control of Iran.
Imam Khomeini established an Islamic system which brought prosperity for Iranians and changed the balance of power in the interest of oppressed nation