Category: Ayatollah’s Praetorians


The IRGC’s Jafari warns of enemy-backed parties in the mold of new Iranian political organizations

In a press conference on Tuesday 01 September 2015, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Majour-General Mohammad-Ali “Aziz” Jafari followed in the footsteps of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in warning against a multifaceted American attempt to penetrate Iran in the post-deal era. On Iran’s role in Syria He presented the IRGC as a…


Iran Expediency Council policy bans participation of security forces in elections

On Saturday 14 February the Expediency Discernment Council, an appointed body which has supervisory authority over the branches of Iran’s government and an advisory role to the supreme leader, met to discuss and approve general election policies. Those in attendance included the council’s head, Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, President Hassan Rouhani, Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani,…

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Hassan Rouhani all but accuses IRGC of accumulating power & corruption

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has always been a key center of power in the Islamic Republic of Iran, helping the young revolutionary regime consolidate power in 1979 as an Islamic militia and mobilising millions of people for the Iran-Iraq War as a military force from 1980-1988. In the post-war era it has continued…


Jafari: Goal of anti-ISIL coalition to destroy Syrian regime

In a recent speech, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Majour-General Aziz Jafari laid out the Islamic Republic of Iran’s reasoning for not entering the anti-Islamic State coalition under the leadership of the United States, and also touched on a range of other issues relating to the ongoing and increasingly overlapping civil wars in Iraq…

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IRGC dep-com Salami: Our management must be rejuvenated

In recent comments, IRGC Deputy Commander Majour-General Hossein Salami discussed the need for his organization to rejuvenate its management to better meet future challenges. As the Islamic Republic of Iran’s premier national security body, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) derives much of its effectiveness as an organization from its strong corporate identity and cohesiveness….

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Ali Saeedi on the media attacks on Rouhani and IRGC’s role in the economy

In recent comments Ali Saeedi, representative of the supreme leader to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), appeared to acknowledge Islamic Republic of Iran Armed Forces Chief of Staff Majour-General Hassan Firouzabadi’s statements admonishing IRGC-linked media for their attacks on President Hassan Rouhani. However, this should not necessarily be seen as reflecting warming ties between…

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Does Rouhani have any real support in the IRGC leadership?

Do recent comments by Islamic Republic of Iran Armed Forces chief-of-staff Majour-General Hassan Firouzabadi, in support of President Hassan Rouhani, represent the views of a lone figure or a broader strain of thinking in the IRGC’s leadership? The recently leaked video of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Majour-General Mohammad-Ali Jafari speaking to senior leaders of the…


IRGC commander Jafari: Election of a reformist was a ‘red line’ in 2009

A leaked video, whose veracity and date have yet to be confirmed, purports to show IRGC commander Majour-General Mohammad-Ali Jafari discussing his organization’s political preferences and strategy toward the controversial 2009 Iranian presidential election and the post-election crisis.  In a leaked video posted on the Facebook account of Iranian opposition figure Mohammad Nourizad, Islamic Revolutionary…

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Tajzadeh: The same IRGC think-tank that engineered 2009 election behind attacks on Rouhani

Prominent reformist figure Mostafa Tajzadeh, allegedly speaking from prison through his wife, has a message for President Hassan Rouhani: The IRGC was behind what he calls the 2009 “engineered” election, and they are behind the attacks against Rouhani as well. Mostafa Tajzadeh, an imprisoned Green Movement advocate and former Reformist deputy interior minister under Mohammad…

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The IRGC: A “veto player” in Iranian politics?

A recent article by International Relations scholar Burak Kadercan looks at what factors helped establish the Janissary Corps, the elite, standing, salaried infantry of the Ottoman Empire, as what he labels a “veto player” in Ottoman politics and how this eventually contributed to the decline of its military prowess. This article briefly looks at whether…