Iranian fund should compensate, not create more, victims

Iranian fund should compensate, not create more, victims

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- On Feb. 1, the memory of the deaths of 241 U.S. personnel killed in 1983 in Beirut bombing will be dealt a slap in the face by the Obama administration.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

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

Iran: Removing nuclear material is 'red line'

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Iran will not yield to a Western demand it rid itself of enriched nuclear material but will assure the West it's not making atomic weapons, a top official said.

Iran said ready to propose nuclear-program curbs

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Iran plans to offer to stop making near-weapons-grade nuclear fuel, a key U.S. demand, when it meets with world powers, diplomatic officials said.

Iran claims breakthrough with Israeli-lookalike combat UAVs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Iran's Revolutionary Guards claim they're now producing armed unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the Shahed-129, capable of attacking air and ground targets.

Iran says able to confront world powers

TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The navy commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Iran has the capability and is powerful enough to confront regional powers as well as the United States.
Iran: Khamenei the real winner in presidential election

Iran: Khamenei the real winner in presidential election

TEHRAN, June 13 (UPI) -- With the Revolutionary Guards poised to crash down on any political protests, Iran goes to the polls Friday in a presidential election in which the real winner will be the Islamic Republic's dour supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

U.S. blacklists Iranian alleged to launder billions, evade sanctions

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- The United States blacklisted an Iranian executive and a network of companies Washington said laundered money to evade sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.

Lifting the veil: Mideast's covert ops

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The death of an Iranian general in Syria and the death in an Israeli prison of an Australian linked to Israel's intelligence exposed the shadow war in the Middle East.

Iran said to train militias in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Militias fighting for Syrian President Bashar Assad have a second goal of keeping Iran's influence in Syria if Assad falls, officials tell The Washington Post.

Iran holds naval drills

TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Iranian marine forces began a four-day naval exercise aimed at "improving the different units of [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] Navy," officials said.

Iran says it's producing ScanEagle drone

TEHRAN, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- An Iranian commander announced Monday that the military is producing the same model of drone allegedly captured from the U.S. military.

Iran brushes off EU energy sanctions

TEHRAN, July 27 (UPI) -- Iranian companies are processing all of the country's vast oil and gas reserves amid new energy sanctions on the country, the Iranian oil minister declared.

EU imposes sanctions on Iran

BRUSSELS, July 26 (UPI) -- The European Union said Monday it is imposing its toughest sanctions against Iran in response to the country's refusal to stop enriching uranium.

EU slaps new sanctions on Iran

BRUSSELS, July 26 (UPI) -- The European Union imposed extra sanctions against Iran Monday, increasing the pressure on Tehran to halt its controversial uranium enrichment program and return to the negotiation table.
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Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
Members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards hold a placard that says "Down With U.S.A" during 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, also Sepāh) also known as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), is a branch of Iran's military, founded after the Iranian revolution. Sepāh 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." The Chief Commander of the Guardians is Mohammad Ali Jafari, who was preceded by Yahya Rahim Safavi.

Like many young Iranians during the 1980-88 Iran–Iraq War, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a member of the Army of Guardians, in the Basij militia. In recent years the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has become a vast military-based conglomerate. It is active in oil and gas, telecom, and farming, to name a few sections, and has considerable economic and political influence . The Guard's expanding economic role is mirrored by an even greater role in politics and security since the presidential election in June 2009 .

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 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.

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