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Iran warns against cargo inspections

TEHRAN, July 23 (UPI) -- Anyone planning to inspect the cargo on board Iranian ships will live to regret the act, the Iranian commerce minister warned Friday.
Iran stands up to U.S. 'bullying'

Iran stands up to U.S. 'bullying'

TEHRAN, July 15 (UPI) -- Tehran leads the drive in standing up to the harassment of the United States, the supreme leader of Iran told members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Sanctions benefit IRGC, Karroubi says

TEHRAN, July 12 (UPI) -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is profiting from U.S. and international sanctions on Iran, opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi said.

Senate passes Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 99-0 Thursday to pass a measure imposing new sanctions on Iran.
Washington steps up pressure on Iran

Washington steps up pressure on Iran

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- Though the nature of Iran's nuclear program is unclear, Tehran is clearly out of step with the international community on nuclear issues, U.S. lawmakers said.
Iran's IRGC offers to help in BP spill

Iran's IRGC offers to help in BP spill

TEHRAN, June 22 (UPI) -- Despite U.N. Security Council sanctions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is ready to help contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, commanders said.

PJAK militants killed along tense border

URMIA, Iran, June 17 (UPI) -- Iranian forces killed four members of a Kurdish militant group near the northern border of Iraq as officials issue brazen warnings to the United States.
Treasury announces new Iran sanctions

Treasury announces new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Treasury Department Wednesday announced new sanctions against Iran, targeting Tehran's nuclear and missile programs.

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Iranians put pressure on Iraq again

Iranians put pressure on Iraq again

BAGHDAD, June 10 (UPI) -- Iranian troops are reported to have crossed into Iraqi Kurdistan and built a fortified base, one of several recent military incursions as Iraq struggles to form a government amid efforts by Tehran to ensure that a pro-Iranian Shiite alliance takes power.
Iran's navy would escort ships to Gaza

Iran's navy would escort ships to Gaza

TEHRAN, June 8 (UPI) -- The leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Iran's naval forces are ready to escort ships trying to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Kurds deny Iranian troop incursion

ERBIL, Iraq, June 2 (UPI) -- Kurdish military officials said there is nothing to support claims that Iranian soldiers have entered Iraqi territory, Iranian news outlets claimed Wednesday.

Iran kills five PJAK fighters in clashes

TEHRAN, May 6 (UPI) -- Five rebel fighters with a Kurdish militia group were killed during clashes with Iranian military forces in the west of the country, Tehran said.
Israel weak, Iranian defense minister says

Israel weak, Iranian defense minister says

TEHRAN, April 7 (UPI) -- There may be nothing left of Israel if Iran were forced to respond to a military attack, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday.
Iran speedboat threatens U.S. carrier?

Iran speedboat threatens U.S. carrier?

TEHRAN, April 5 (UPI) -- Iran's reported acquisition of a record-breaking British speedboat has raised fears it plans to arm it with high-speed Russian torpedoes to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier in hit-and-run raids if Iran is attacked because of its nuclear program.
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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
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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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