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Military Commanders Replace Police Forces in Iran
Rooz Online ^ | Wednesday, Dec 21, 2005

Posted on 12/22/2005 2:33:30 AM PST by F14 Pilot

Rooz reporter from Tehran reports that as former Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps personnel and commanders continue their take over of the government, the swapping is now also engulfing the law enforcement agencies.

Following the replacement of Mohammad Ghalibaf from the police with the former commander of Tehran’s Basij (Iran Militia), the new hard-line commander immediately began his scheduled cleansing of Tehran’s police forces, replacing the old staff with senior Passdaran commanders. In his most recent measure, Naser Shabani, the Passdaran Commander in Kurdistan province who is also the head of the Passdaran Ground Forces University is appointed as the Commander of Greater Tehran’s Police Forces.

Commander Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, the new commander of the police forces is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s brother-in-law. This appointment takes place amid the struggle between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mohammad Ghalibaf, at one time both presidential candidates and rivals, and especially after the appointment of the former head of Tehran’s police forces to be Tehran’s new mayor, a decision that has sparked off controversy a hot controversy among Iran’s media.

The battle of words heightened, if not publicly begun, when Tehran’s new mayor launched a harsh criticism over Ahmadinejad’s management of Tehran’s municipality during his term. In return, Ahmadinejad’s hard-line administration banned Ghalibaf from attending government cabinet meetings. It has also been reported that Ahmadinejad’s close allies have launched a financial scandal lawsuit against Ghalibaf’s brother.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejad; freedom; freeiran; hardliners; iran; passdaran; regime; security

1 posted on 12/22/2005 2:33:32 AM PST by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot

Iran imploding.

2 posted on 12/22/2005 5:27:36 AM PST by trek
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To: trek

It won't be long now!

3 posted on 12/22/2005 10:13:27 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty
What is the Farsi word for glasnost? That is what must be coming next. The parallels are too funny. If the Khomeiniacs were a stock, I'd be net short.
4 posted on 12/22/2005 1:11:33 PM PST by trek
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To: trek


Eslahaat = reform

Reform movement is dead in Iran. It is time for regime change!

5 posted on 12/22/2005 9:30:09 PM PST by Khashayar (No Banana Allowed!)
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