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On November 1, 1963, President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam was deposed by a group of Army of the Republic of Vietnam officers who disagreed with his handling of the Buddhist crisis and, in general, his increasing oppression of national groups in the name of fighting the Communist-dominated National Liberation Front.

The United States had been aware of the coup d'état planning,[1] but Cable 243 from the Department of State to U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. stated that it was U.S. policy[2] not to try to stop it. Lucien Conein, the Central Intelligence Agency's liaison between the U.S. embassy and the coup planners, told them that the U.S. would not intervene to stop it. Conein did, however, provide funds to the coup leaders.[3]

The coup was led by General Dương Văn Minh of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Diem was executed the next day.

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  1. ^ "Chapter 4, "The Overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem, May-November, 1963,"", The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, 2, Beacon Press, 1971, pp. 201–276., http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pentagon2/pent6.htm  
  2. ^ Prados, John (5 November 2003), JFK and the Diem Coup, National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book 101, http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB101/index.htm  
  3. ^ Joseph A. Mendenhall for the United States Department of State (25 October 1963), "Check-List of Possible U.S. Actions in Case of Coup", JFK and the Diem Coup, National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book 101, http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB101/index.htm  
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