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  1. [historical] The Iranian security and intelligence service from 1957 to 1979.


  1. SAVAK is a fictional film character.
  2. SAVAK is a fictional film character.
  3. SAVAK is a fictional film character.


SAVAK was the secret police, domestic security and intelligence service established by Iran's Mohammad Reza Shah with the help of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency. SAVAK operated from 1957 to 1979, when the Pahlavi dynasty was overthrown. SAVAK has been described as Iran's "most hated and feared institution" prior to the revolution of 1979 because of its practice of torturing and executing opponents of the Pahlavi regime. At its peak, the organization had as many as 60,000 agents serving in its ranks according to one source, although Gholam Reza Afkhami estimates SAVAK staffing at between 4,000 and 6,000.

  • also known as 萨瓦克

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Google previewTheocracy (2007)

by Lila Perl

The word SAVAK is an acronym (derived from the first letters) of the Persian " Organization for Intelligence and National Security." Like Khomeini and Iran's other religious leaders, the student zealots saw the Shah's international business ...

Google previewIran (RLE Iran D) (2012)

The Illusion of Power by Robert Graham

Because SAVAK is a law unto itself, there is no way of checking the limited infonnation that comes out about its activities. Descriptions of the capture of urban guerrillas that appear in the local press read unconvincingly. A surprising number of ...

Google previewMirage (2007)

by Soheir Khashoggi

The SAVAK is a complication , though. It's best that we reach the border early.” There were a hundred questions ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of United States Intelligence (2005)

by Michael A. Turner

SAVAK. Formed under the guidance of United States and Israeli intel— ligence officers in 1957, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2001)

by Mitchel P. Roth

SAVAK. The Sazeman Ettelaat va Amniyat Kashvar (or National Intelligence and Security Organization), better known by its acronym, SAVAK, was the secret police force that operated under the regime of the shah of Iran beginning in 1957.

Google previewImperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection [4 volumes] (2015)

A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection by Chris J. Magoc

created an intelligence agency called the SAVAK in 1957, which closely inspected the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Middle East Wars: The United States in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts [5 volumes] (2010)

The United States in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts by Spencer C. Tucker

The decade that followed was marked by the creation in 1957 of the Sazeman-e Ettelaat va Amniyat-e Keshvar (SAVAK, National Information and Security Organization), the shah's dreaded secret police, and a number of failed or overly ...

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Scrabble value of S1A1V4A1K5

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