891.00/11–2045: Telegram

The Ambassador in Iran (Murray) to the Secretary of State

970. Iranian Chief of Staff Arfa has confirmed to our Military Attaché that column of troops bound for Tabriz was stopped by Russian forces at eastern edge of Kazvin on evening of November 19. Soviet officer threatened to fire if stop order not obeyed. Column [Page 438] has halted and Arfa says Prime Minister45 has ordered it not to move until he has had opportunity to clarify matters with Soviet Chargé whom he is to see this evening.

A delayed company which was to form part of column was stopped by Soviets at Karaj yesterday afternoon and is still there.

Arfa says commander this latter company has sent word Russian garrison Karaj has been increased in past few days to five or six thousand men.

Sent Dept as 970 repeated Moscow as 273 and London as 84.

  1. Ibrahim Hakimi, who once more became Iranian Prime Minister on October 24, 1945.