Financing death: Iran's 'War on Drugs'

LONDON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Last year I wrote an op-ed on Iran's bloody "war on drugs," which has led to hundreds of executions and sent thousands to death row.
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Time for scholars to examine Iranian opposition

BALTIMORE, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The P5+1 nuclear negotiations in Geneva this week have the world asking whether there isn't a better way to address the Iranian nuclear problem.
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Surprising Israel

PHILADELPHIA, July 23 (UPI) -- The chaos gripping the Middle East, especially Syria, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, is leading to a surprising turnabout for many powers, in and outside of the region.
Polls open as six vie to become Iran's next president

Polls open as six vie to become Iran's next president

TEHRAN, June 14 (UPI) -- As millions of Iranians cast ballots in the country's presidential election, one candidate has been reaching out to reformists in recent days.

Report: U.S. asks Israel not to respond to drone launch

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 27 (UPI) -- The United States has asked Israel to refrain from retaliation for a drone that was shot down over Haifa Bay, a western diplomat was quoted as saying.

Israeli navy seeks gas field defense force

HAIFA, Israel, April 2 (UPI) -- Israel's navy is assembling a force of warships to protect the country's natural gas fields in the Mediterranean.

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Bahraini security chief accuses Iran

MANAMA, Bahrain, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The head of security in Bahrain accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guard of masterminding terror plots to attack public officials and military sites.

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McCain: Not sure about voting for Hagel

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday he's not sure if he'll vote for or against his friend, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be the new defense secretary.
Arab Spring presents new terror challenges

Arab Spring presents new terror challenges

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Washington sees a resurgence of state support for terrorist groups amid the changing political landscape of the Middle East, an official said.
Report:Hezbollah, Iran planning attacks

Report:Hezbollah, Iran planning attacks

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 13 (UPI) -- Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guard operatives are planning attacks on western targets in the coming days, a Lebanese report said.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards attend a celebration to mark the anniversary of Islamic revolution at the Behesht-e Zahra (Zahra's paradise) cemetery in southern Tehran, Iran on February 1, 2010. The celebration is to mark the 1979 return of Ayatollah Khomeini from exile. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian

The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Persian: سپاه پاسداران انقلاب اسلامی / Sepāh-e Pāsdārān-e Enqelāb-e Eslāmi, or Sepāh for short), often called Revolutionary Guards, is a branch of Iran's military, founded after the Iranian revolution to prevent internal dissident and military uprisings. The IRGC has 125,000 military personnel including ground, air and naval forces. It also controls the paramilitary Basij militia which has 90,000 active personnel, and in recent years has developed into a "multibillion-dollar business empire," and is reportedly the "third-wealthiest organization in Iran" after the National Iranian Oil Company and the Imam Reza Endowment.

Since its origin as an ideologically driven militia, the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution has taken an ever more assertive role in virtually every aspect of Iranian society. Its expanded social, political, military, and economic role under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration — especially during the 2009 presidential election and post-election suppression of protest — has led many analysts to argue that its political power has surpassed even that of the Shiite clerical system.

The Chief Commander of the Guardians is Mohammad Ali Jafari, who was preceded by Yahya Rahim Safavi.

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