Iran, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, and previously known as Persia, is a country in the Middle East.
The Templars were active in the Achaemenid Empire, helping King Darius I overthrow the imposter Gaumata, and then aided his son Xerxes I in his invasion of Greece in 480 BCE. A Persian Assassin named Darius killed Xerxes in 465 BCE, which also marked the first recorded use of the Hidden Blade.
By 1090, Hassan-i Sabbāh established the Levantine Assassin Brotherhood in the fortress of Alamut. Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad fled to the fortress with his family, following his exile from Masyaf in 1227. During his time in Alamut, Altaïr discovered six Memory Seals beneath the fortress.
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was Shah of Iran from 1941 to 1979. In 1953, he allowed Abstergo Industries and the Central Intelligence Agency to overthrow Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh to protect their oil interests. Four years later, they helped Pahlavi establish the SAVAK, in order to goad his people into submission.