AIPAC activists descend on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- Thousands of activists from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee headed for Capitol Hill Tuesday to lobby U.S. congressional members and their staffs.

Iran kills top Jundallah commander

TEHRAN, March 19 (UPI) -- Iran said Friday that security forces in the south of the country killed a militant leader of Jundallah tied to the October assassination of a military leader.
Iran shakes up guards, U.S. 'ships bombs'

Iran shakes up guards, U.S. 'ships bombs'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 18 (UPI) -- Amid growing concerns of renewed conflict in the Middle East, the Tehran regime has shaken up the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, putting a veteran general who operated in Lebanon with Hezbollah in command of its ground forces.

Wanted man runs in Iraqi elections

TEHRAN, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- An Iraqi Shiite lawmaker informally exiled in Tehran said he won't be campaigning in public in Iraq because he fears arrest, or worse, by U.S. officials.

Iran builds navy to hold vital strait

TEHRAN, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- As tensions with Iran rise again, the Islamic Republic is reported to be expanding its naval power in the oil-rich Gulf and the Arabian Sea to be able to command the chokepoint Strait of Hormuz, the only way in or out of the Gulf.

Bomber kills Revolutionary Guard members

SARBAAZ, Iran, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A suicide bomber targeted Iran's military elite Sunday in an attack that killed six Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders and 36 others.

Mousavi should stand trial, leader says

TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Iranian opposition leaders should face trial for inciting violence and staging a so-called velvet revolution, Iranian military commanders say.

Iran sends warships into Gulf of Aden

TEHRAN, July 30 (UPI) -- Iran has deployed a flotilla of warships and support vessels into the Gulf of Aden, the second in recent weeks, and says it also plans to establish a new naval base in the Gulf of Oman, at the southern end of the chokepoint Strait of Hormuz.

Revolutionary Guard gains power in Iran

TEHRAN, June 29 (UPI) -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the praetorian guard of the Tehran regime, has gained immense power with the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president and is likely to gain more in the months ahead by crushing his political opponents.

Iranian officer captured in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A high-ranking member of Iran's security forces has been captured at Baghdad International Airport, U.S. military officials revealed Wednesday.

Analysis: Iran training Iraqi death squads?

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- "Loose lips sink ships" was a popular slogan during World War II, a reminder that misplaced words could help the enemy. But the reverse is also true: purposely placed words can sink the enemy's ships. At a time when President George W. Bush keeps remindin
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI International Editor

Report: Khamenei seeks to regain control

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seems to be trying to gain control from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is emerging as his rival, says a report.

Iran's military angers reformists

TEHRAN, July 22 (UPI) -- More than 90 members of Iran's reform-majority parliament plan to question the defense minister to find out why the hard-line Revolutionary Guard Corps. has intervened in politics in violation of the country's constitution, media reports said Monday.
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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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