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Iran issues report critical of U.S. human rights

TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Iranian military published a 28-page report Monday highly critical of the human rights situation in the United States.
Obama's misguided Tehran-bound 'Peace Train'

Obama's misguided Tehran-bound 'Peace Train'

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Iran’s mullahs believe Allah placed a 21st-century Neville Chamberlain in the White House at a most critical time. Unfortunately, they may be right.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

World powers try to reach nuclear deal

(UPI) --World powers will meet in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday in order to try and hash out a deal regarding Iran's nuclear program.
Justin Salhani

Mosques -- Smiling dens of iniquity?

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- It is appropriate to apply an old biblical term "den of iniquity" to mosques as the New York City Police Department has been doing for some Islamic centers.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
U.S. blasts Iran's human rights record

U.S. blasts Iran's human rights record

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Washington expressed its deep concern with the repressive behavior of the Iranian regime, sanctioning two Iranian officials for human rights abuses.
U.S. freezes Iranian officials' assets

U.S. freezes Iranian officials' assets

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Iran Wednesday to "free all political prisoners and persecuted minorities."
Clashes mark youth's funeral in Tehran

Clashes mark youth's funeral in Tehran

TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Supporters and opponents of Iran's government clashed at a student's funeral in Tehran Wednesday, both sides reported.
Iran activists, police clash in second day

Iran activists, police clash in second day

TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Pro-reform activists and Iranian security forces clashed Tuesday following sporadic violence overnight amid an increased police presence, witnesses said.

Iranian dissident complains of harassment

TEHRAN, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Attacks against the home of an Iranian opposition leader are unethical acts carried out by government forces, a complaint to the supreme leader read.
Mousavi calls for political reforms

Mousavi calls for political reforms

TEHRAN, June 16 (UPI) -- Iranian politics must be free from the interference of national security forces and police, opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said in a manifesto.

Basij leader vows revenge on Washington

TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The Islamic republic seeks revenge against Washington for meddling in its internal affairs, a commander said in the wake of a high-profile assassination.
Iran asks for info on the opposition

Iran asks for info on the opposition

TEHRAN, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Iranian government responded to anti-regime protesters by soliciting information from the general public regarding those involved in the political unrest.
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Students from Basij organization holds a toy gun on as Iranian students hold a demonstration to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the capture of the American embassy by militant students on November 4, 2010. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
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The Basij (Persian: بسيج) (officially Basij-e Mostaz'afin, literally "Mobilization of the Oppressed"), literally "Mobilisation Resistance Force") is a paramilitary volunteer militia established in 1979 by order of the Islamic Revolution's leader Ayatollah Khomeini. The force consists of young Iranians who've volunteered, often in exchange for official benefits. Currently Basij serve as an auxiliary force engaged in activities such as internal security as well as law enforcement auxiliary, the providing of social service, organizing of public religious ceremonies, and more famously policing of morals and the suppression of dissident gatherings. Basij is the name of the force; a basiji is an individual member.

The Basij are (at least in theory) subordinate to, and receive their orders from, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, to whom they are known for their loyalty. They have also been described as "a loosely allied group of organizations" including "many groups controlled by local clerics." They have a local organization in almost every city in Iran.

As of October 2009 Mohammad Reza Naqdi was the commander of the Basij. The force has often been present and reacting against the widespread protests which occurred immediately after the 2009 Iranian presidential election and in the months following.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Basij."
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