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  • Top U.S. military officer assails Iran's role in Iraq

    04/26/2008 7:40:37 AM PDT · by pissant · 5 replies · 133+ views
    IHT ^ | 4/26/08 | Dave Stout
    The government of Iran continues to supply weapons and other support to extremists in Iraq, despite repeated promises to the contrary, and is increasingly complicit in the death of U.S. soldiers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday in a stark new assessment of Iranian influence. The chairman, Admiral Michael Mullen, said he was "extremely concerned" about "the increasingly lethal and malign influence" by the government of Iran and the Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, a special force that aids and encourages Islamic militants around the world. The Quds Forces in Iran were created during the...
  • Britons kidnapped in Iraq are ‘held by Iran’

    Five British hostages who were kidnapped in Iraq almost a year ago are being held inside Iran by Revolutionary Guards, according to two separate sources in the Middle East and London. The hostages were handed over to the Revolutionary Guards by their Iraqi kidnappers last November, the sources believe. One of the sources said they were being held in the western Iranian city of Hamadan. If confirmed, the involvement of Revolutionary Guards would be seen as evidence that senior figures in the Iranian government had backed the decision to hold them in the country. However, British officials said that while...
  • Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Five, Capture Eight Terrorists

    04/07/2008 11:22:57 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies · 95+ views
    DoD ^ | April 7, 2008 | American Forces Press Service
    Coalition troops killed five terrorists and captured eight suspects during counterinsurgency operations in Iraq today, military officials reported. -- U.S. forces detained four suspected Iranian-backed “special groups” terrorists and killed another individual during an operation in Baghdad. The deceased terrorist was linked to an explosives and weapons network tied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. -- U.S. troops operating in eastern Baghdad killed an insurgent and destroyed a vehicle used in transporting rocket-launching rails. The terrorists were seen to launch four 107 mm rockets toward a coalition forward operating base. The terrorists departed the launch site in a white van,...
  • Signs of Iran's Hand in Iraq-(Time no less)

    03/21/2008 9:18:13 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 311+ views
    time ^ | 3/31/08 | By MARK KUKIS/BAGHDAD
    One of the armor-piercing roadside bombs in Iraq has a nickname among the militants who place the device. They call it the Najadia, a short variation on the long name of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "My group and I believe honestly in fighting the Americans - and getting financial benefit out of it," says Hussein Ali, an Iraqi Shi'ite guerrilla who recounted a journey to Iran for training in explosives in an interview with TIME. "We became very professional in planting and using the mine called BMZ2, which is a Russian mine modified in Iran for use against the American...
  • Iran and al Qaeda: Setting the Record Straight

    03/22/2008 12:42:41 PM PDT · by PROCON · 7 replies · 401+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | March 21, 2008 | Christopher W. Holton
    In recent weeks, two news reports have circulated referencing Iran’s relationship with al Qaeda. On Tuesday, March 18th, Senator John McCain repeatedly stated that Iran was aiding al Qaeda in Iraq. Later, however, he retracted this statement and said that Iran was not aiding al Qaeda in Iraq. Senator McCain was right the first time and he should not have retracted his statement. In fact, al Qaeda and Iran have a rather long history of cooperation. A few days before Senator McCain’s unfortunate retraction, a senior military adviser to the Barack Obama campaign, retired Air Force General Merrill McPeak, was...
  • McCain didn't make mistake : Iran is sponsoring Al-Qaeda

    03/19/2008 12:04:48 PM PDT · by drzz · 10 replies · 704+ views
    IRAQ THE MODEL | 03 19 2008 | drzz
    A controversy that shouldn't exist. McCain was mocked by Democrats when he said Iran is supporting Al-Qaeda, that Iran would not as Iran is shia and Al-Qaeda sunni. That's a nonsense. Terrorist groups and states don't care about those things. They primarily gather to survive. The US used jihadists. The Sunni Syria is supporting Shia Hezbullah. Here is an excerpt of the arabic press, reported by Iraqi Omar on his blog Iraq the model, showing ties between Iran and Al-Qaeda : According to this report from Azzaman, Iran's revolutionary guard corps is supplying Zarqawi's al-Qaeda in Iraq with Russian-made anti-aircraft...
  • Iranian Clerics Face A Backlash Over Good Life

    02/23/2008 6:44:55 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 236+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-24-2008 | Kay Biouki - Gethin Chamberlain
    Iranian clerics face a backlash over good life By Kay Biouki in Teheran and Gethin Chamberlain Last Updated: 2:05am GMT 24/02/2008 The Ayatollah Khomenei brought millions on to the streets of Iran to overthrow the decadence of the Shah. Now the late leader's grandsons and other Iranian clerics face a backlash over their families' fondness for fast cars, big houses and hot tubs. A website linked to radical elements of Iran's regime last week attacked the lifestyle of Ayatollah Khomenei's grandson, Hassan. " Driving a $100,000 BMW and relaxing in his uptown villa in north Teheran, is Hassan Khomenei actually...
  • Inside Iran's Secretive Qods Force

    01/14/2008 9:05:53 AM PST · by Fennie · 2 replies · 215+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | January 14, 2008 | Claude Salhani
    Since 2003 Iran has spent billions of dollars in Iraq, mobilized vast government resources and unleashed the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, all in an effort to spread its hegemony and the Islamic revolution, according to sources in the Iranian resistance...
  • Speedboat Bluff in the Persian Gulf

    01/09/2008 6:52:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 98+ views ^ | January 9, 2008 | Austin Bay
    Why would five Iranian speedboats bluff an attack on a U.S. Navy squadron? Start with a big fact: Under the mullah-led thieves' regime, Iran has become an explosive political mix of ethnic, economic and ideological fragments, a mosaic powder keg. The Ayatollah Khomeini's 1979 Islamic Revolution failed, then fossilized, leaving a corrupt junta of robed kleptocrats who use the dictator's classic tools of murder, terror and economic favoritism to control an impoverished, splintered and increasingly restless populace. Moreover, factions within the mullahs' hierarchy spar with one another. Throwing a risky punch at the United States or Great Britain serves two...
  • Iranian Boats Provoke ‘Serious Incident’ in Strait of Hormuz

    01/07/2008 3:30:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 158+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2008 – Three U.S. Navy vessels took evasive actions after five Iranian boats buzzed the ships transiting the Straits of Hormuz yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today. Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Whitman called the Iranian provocation “a serious incident.” The fast Iranian boats approached at “distances and speed that showed reckless, dangerous and potentially hostile intent,” he said. The incident lasted about 15 to 20 minutes, he said. The Navy ships were going into the Persian Gulf when the Iranian boats confronted them. “Small, Iranian fast boats made some aggressive maneuvers against our vessels and indicated...
  • Iranian boats provoked 3 U.S. Navy warships in the Strait of Hormuz [scroll]

    01/07/2008 6:01:09 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 223 replies · 1,189+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan 07, 2008
    Breaking News U.S. officials: 5 Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed, provoked 3 U.S. Navy warships in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday.
  • The Ron Paul Disqualification (LRon didn't know Iran has an army)

    12/30/2007 12:07:19 PM PST · by jdm · 82 replies · 408+ views
    Heading Right ^ | Dec. 24, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    The more Ron Paul talks, the more he demonstrates his unfitness for the office he seeks — and maybe for the office he holds. Yesterday on Meet the Press, Paul came up with a number of stunners, but his take on Iran may have been the most clueless of all: MR. RUSSERT: So if Iran invaded Israel, what do we do? REP. PAUL: Well, they’re not going to. That is like saying “Iran is about to invade Mars.” I mean, they have nothing. They don’t have an army or navy or air force. And Israelis have 300 nuclear weapons. Nobody...
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards patrol Persian Gulf, U.S. says

    11/30/2007 8:08:03 AM PST · by maquiladora · 5 replies · 95+ views
    CNN ^ | updated 7:46 p.m. EST, Thu November 29, 2007
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has taken command of Iranian naval operations in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military has revealed. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the disclosure Wednesday at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he was answering questions from military students. Afterward, in a written statement, the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet in Bahrain said, "Based on activities observed in the Arabian Gulf over the past several months, it appears the Iranian navy has shifted its patrol areas to the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman --...
  • Fred on the GWOT (Video interview)

    11/25/2007 7:51:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 553+ views
    The Weekly Standard/PajamasMedia ^ | November 21, 2007 | Dean Barnett
    Roger L. Simon, last seen cavorting with Pajama clad babes on the floor of the BlogWorld convention like a latter day Hugh Hefner, sat down with Fred Thompson to discuss the Global War on Terror. Bob Owens, proprietor of the excellent Confederate Yankee blog, joined Roger in conducting the interview. I linked to this yesterday in my Republican race Q&A, but the interview itself merits a little post of its own. In no particular order, a few observations: 1) The long form interview allowed Fred to express his knowledge and thoughts on the war on terror. He was impressive. Believe...
  • Iran Guards ex-commander says US threats serious

    11/11/2007 12:36:35 PM PST · by Flavius · 3 replies · 87+ views
    afp ^ | 11/11/07 | AFP
    TEHRAN (AFP) - A former commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said mounting US rhetoric against the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme should be taken seriously in comments published on Sunday. "The enemy recently has increased its threats against Iran and no one should take them as jokes," former Guards commander Mohsen Rezaie was quoted as saying by the reformist Aftab Yazd newspaper. "But the Iranian nation has the capacity to resist these threats," Rezaie added
  • Iran's Army Turns Suicidal

    11/02/2007 9:52:30 AM PDT · by america4vr · 59 replies · 79+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 2, 2007 | Meir Javedanfar
    A senior general in Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps declared this week that Iranian forces were prepared to carry out martyrdom operations in the Persian Gulf “if necessary.” PJM analyst Meir Javedanfar warns that the threat should be taken very seriously. Support Pajamas Media; Visit Our Advertisers By Meir Javedanfar Brigadier General Ali Fahdavi, a senior general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), issued a warning this week that “if necessary” the IRGC’s Baseej forces were ready to carry out suicide operations in the Gulf, amid rising tensions with the United States. Citing the spirit of Hossein Fahimi, a brainwashed...
  • Revolutionary Guards raid/shut down Sunni schools in Iran

    10/29/2007 7:14:49 AM PDT · by harwood · 8 replies · 139+ views
    ..." The sources pointed out that students and professors resisted the closure. Iranian forces shot them, and detained a number of students."
  • Iranian general warns of Gulf suicide bombings

    10/29/2007 4:49:08 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 12 replies · 56+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | October 29, 2007
    TEHERAN - A top general in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Monday warned that the Basij militia were ready ‘if necessary’ to carry out suicide operations in the Gulf, amid rising tensions with the United States, the Fars news agency reported. ‘If necessary we will take advantage of the element of martyrdom-seeking,’ said Brigadier General Ali Fahdavi, deputy head of the Revolutionary Guards’ naval forces. ‘This spirit is prevailing now throughout the Revolutionary Guards,’ he added. The Basij militia is part of the Guards’ military apparatus. ‘They have taken an example from Shahid (martyr) Fahmideh,’ Fahdavi said, referring to 13-year-old Iranian...
  • Profile: Iran's Revolutionary Guards

    10/26/2007 11:59:58 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 209+ views ^ | 10/26/2007 |
    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) was set up shortly after the 1979 Iranian revolution to defend the country's Islamic system, and to provide a counterweight to the regular armed forces. It has since become a major military, political and economic force in Iran, with close ties to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former member.
  • U.S. to Impose New Sanctions Targeting Iran's Military

    10/25/2007 3:33:18 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 61 replies · 193+ views
    The Bush administration plans to roll out an unprecedented package of unilateral sanctions against Iran today, including the long-awaited designations of its Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and of the elite Quds Force as a supporter of terrorism, according to senior administration officials. The package, scheduled to be announced jointly by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., marks the first time that the United States has tried to isolate or punish another country's military. It is the broadest set of punitive measures imposed on Tehran since the 1979...
  • General Petraeus: Iran's ambassador to Iraq "is a Qods force member" [Spade a Spade]

    10/08/2007 8:08:01 AM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 26 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 10/7/2007 | Bill Roggio
    The Long War Journal: General Petraeus: Iran's ambassador to Iraq "is a Qods force member" Written by Bill Roggio on October 7, 2007 6:58 PM to The Long War Journal Available online at: An Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps poster. Photo from Trends Magazine. The war of words between the US military and Iran over Iran's involvement in terrorist activity in Iraq heated up on Sunday after General David Petraeus, the commander of Multinational Forces Iraq, said the Iranian ambassador was an Iranian intelligence agent. "The ambassador is a Qods force member," Petraeus told a group of reporters near...
  • (Hillary) Clinton's Iran Vote Prompts A Harsh Back-and-Forth

    10/07/2007 6:06:51 PM PDT · by Roberts · 28 replies · 1,234+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/7/07 | Dan Balz
    Randall Rolph said he came to New Hampton, Iowa, on Sunday to see Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) with an open mind about whether to support her candidacy. After a tough exchange over Iran, he left saying he had ruled her out. Rolph was one of several hundred people who turned out in this small town in northern Iowa for Clinton's appearance. When she called on him for a question, he pulled out a piece of paper and read a question about Iran. Rolph asked Clinton to explain her Senate vote Wednesday for a resolution urging the Bush administration to...
  • Iran Monitors Movements in Persian Gulf

    09/29/2007 7:05:10 PM PDT · by Flavius · 30 replies · 169+ views
    farsi ^ | 9/29/07 | faris
    TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said its defense troops have launched a new system which brings all movements in the Persian Gulf and the Straight of Hormoz under Iran's online control. The system called 'Hod Hod' (Hoopoe) has been designed by IRGC experts and provides the Iranian troops with the possibility to monitor even the subtlest moves on the surface or in the air.
  • Iranian General: U.S. Troops Are Within Iran's Firing Range

    09/25/2007 5:01:46 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 69 replies · 1,744+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 9/25/07 | FoxNews
    U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are being monitored by Iran using satellites and other technology and are well within range of Iranian missiles, a top Iranian military official said. "The Americans should realize that the 200,000 troops they have deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan are in Iran’s firing range,” Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, an advisor to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in remarks published by Iranian newspapers Monday. Speaking on the 27th anniversary of the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War, Safavi, the former head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, said Iran was now in a strong...
  • U.S. Military Goes After Iran-Backed Militants

    09/24/2007 5:54:21 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 381+ views
    U.S. Military Goes After Iran-Backed Militants BAGHDAD — U.S. troops killed one suspected militant and detained four others said to be involved in kidnapping operations run by Iranian-backed Shiite militias during a raid Monday in eastern Baghdad, the military said. The operation in the Iraqi capital's Shiite slum of Sadr City came on the heels of accusations that Iran is smuggling surface-to-air missiles and other advanced weapons into Iraq for use against American troops and increasing protests by Iraqi officials over the latest U.S. detention of an Iranian in northern Iraq. That detention has taxed relations between Iraq and the...
  • Iraqi president urges release of Iranian detainee

    09/22/2007 12:40:36 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 21 replies · 408+ views ^ | September 22, 2007 | BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN)
    <p>Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has blasted the United States for the arrest Thursday of an Iranian and called for his immediate release.</p> <p>The U.S. military said the detainee is a member of an elite Iranian unit that has been accused of training and equipping insurgents in Iraq, but Talabani said he is a civil servant who was on an official trade mission in Iraq's Kurdistan region.</p>
  • Countering Iran’s Designs

    09/22/2007 5:14:09 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 10 replies · 533+ views
    As Americans wonder how to cope with Iran, Iran keeps killing Americans. The primary battleground is Iraq, where agents of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fund and arm the Shiite extremists whose IEDs pierce the armor of U.S. soldiers and whose bombs massacre Iraqi civilians. Within the next few days, four senators will introduce legislation that faces these facts unflinchingly and calls on America to win. The resolution — an amendment to a defense appropriations bill — is sponsored by Jon Kyl, Joseph Lieberman, Norm Coleman, and Lindsey Graham. It expresses the sense of the Senate that the U.S. should “combat, contain,...
  • Iran Threatens Missile Attacks On US Targets

    09/17/2007 5:35:52 PM PDT · by blam · 66 replies · 146+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-17-2007 | David Blair
    Iran threatens missile attacks on US targetsBy David Blair, Diplomatic Correspondent Last Updated: 11:33pm BST 17/09/2007 Iran threatened to fire long-range missiles at American targets in the Middle East yesterday as the war of words between Teheran and the West continued to escalate. A senior commander of the Revolutionary Guard, the largest component of the Islamic republic's armed forces, chose this moment to outline the capability of his country's ballistic missiles. The Shahab-3 rocket has a range of 1,250 miles, allowing it to strike an array of Western targets across the Middle East. "Today the Americans are around our country...
  • Jaafari Name Stirs Confusion in Iran, Iraq

    09/15/2007 8:01:02 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 344+ views
    Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2007
    Jaafari Name Stirs Confusion in Iran, Iraq September 15, 2007 The Washington Times Iason Athanasiadis Will the real Mohammad Ali Jaafari, who now heads Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, please step forward? The existence of two prominent Iranians with identical names has created confusion, inside and outside of Iran, over who is in charge of the group accused by the United States of arming Shi'ite militias in Iraq. Kurdish forces briefly detained a man named Mohammad Ali Jaafari during a raid in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil in January. Press reports at the time identified that Mr. Jaafari as...
  • Iran Spy Post Heightens Gulf Tension With US

    09/08/2007 6:41:45 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 573+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-9-2007 | Gethin Chamberlain
    Iran spy post heightens Gulf tension with US By Gethin Chamberlain, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:46am BST 09/09/2007 Iran has established a sophisticated spying operation at the head of the Arabian Gulf in a move which has significantly heightened tensions in its standoff with the United States. The operation, masterminded by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard, includes the construction of a high-tech spying post close to the point where Iranian forces kidnapped 15 British naval personnel in March. The move has forced British and American commanders to divert resources away from protecting oil platforms in the Gulf from terrorist attack...
  • Senior Qods Force link captured in Karbala ( More evidence of Iran's actions in Iraq )

    09/06/2007 10:49:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 37 replies · 859+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | September 6, 2007 12:38 PM | Bill Roggio
    s Coalition and Iraqi forces maintain the pressure on al Qaeda's network throughout Iraq, the Shia terror organizations are also being hit hard. Over the past several days, Iraqi and Coalition forces have conducted numerous raids against the Iranian-backed Shia terror groups known as the Special Groups. On September 5, Coalition forces announced the capture of "a highly-sought individual suspected of being an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) affiliate" during a raid in Karbala. The Special Groups agent, who has not been identified, is "suspected of coordinating with high-level IRGC-QF officers for the transportation of multiple Iraqis to Iran...
  • Pentagon Plan: Annihilate Tehran's Military In 3 Days

    09/02/2007 3:01:02 AM PDT · by Fennie · 73 replies · 2,362+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 2, 2007
    The Pentagon has formulated a "three-day blitz" plan to annihilate Iran's military that targets 1,200 sites, including Tehran's nuclear facilities, in order to render its military incapable of conducting offensive, defensive or retaliatory missions. According to the London Sunday Times, citing Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, the Pentagon has rejected a strategy of "pinprick strikes" against Iran's nuclear facilities. Revelation of a plan for a three-day blitz to destroy Iran's fighting ability indicates the administration leans toward the use of rapid, overwhelming force if the military option is used. "Whether you go for...
  • Report: Pentagon Has 3-Day Plan to Knock Out Iran's Military

    09/02/2007 6:24:53 AM PDT · by stm · 132 replies · 3,170+ views
    Fox ^ | 02 Sep 07 | London Times
    The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert in Sunday’s edition in the Times of London. Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said. Debat was speaking at a meeting organized by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the...
  • US Forces Battle al-Qaeda, Iran Revolutionary Guards in Baghdad, Mosul

    09/02/2007 6:40:39 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 1,468+ views
    US forces battle al-Qaeda, Iran revolutionary guard in Baghdad, Mosul Military and Security 9/1/2007 BAGHDAD, Sept 1 (KUNA) -- Coalition forces have conducted two separate raids to capture or kill suspected Special Groups operatives in Baghdad before dawn on Saturday, the Multi-National Force (MNF) said in a statement. The statement said coalition forces detained eight suspected Special Groups terrorists during the raids. Coalition forces conducted two deliberate ground assaults to raid what were believed to be the residences of two high-level Special Groups leaders. The targeted individuals are believed to be leaders of Special Groups responsible for logistical facilitation of...
  • Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran-(after a 2 day extravaganza against Upper Blowhardi)

    09/01/2007 5:41:01 PM PDT · by Flavius · 60 replies · 2,163+ views
    times online ^ | September 2, 2007 | Sarah Baxter, Washington
    THE Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert. Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.
  • Iran changes Revolutionary Guards commander

    09/01/2007 12:35:26 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 1 replies · 234+ views
    reuters ^ | Sat Sep 1, 2007 2:53PM EDT
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Saturday replaced the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, a force U.S. officials have said Washington may label a terrorist group. Guards commander-in-chief Yahya Rahim Safavi was replaced by Mohammad Ali Jafari, who has been a commander in the Guards, Khamenei said in an order reported by state television. No reason was given for the move. "Regarding your valuable experience and shining background at different times, and varied responsibilities in the Guards, I appoint you (Jafari) ... as the commander-in-chief of this revolutionary service organization," Khamenei said. Khamenei said...
  • Iran replaces Revolutionary Guard chief

    09/01/2007 2:05:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 290+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/1/07 | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named a new head for the elite Revolutionary Guard, an organization Washington is looking to list as a terrorist group, state media announced Saturday. No reason was given for the change and it was not clear if the reshuffle would affect the possible U.S. move to pressure businesses the corps is thought to control, from construction to oil sectors. The United States accuses the Guard of responsibility for terrorist acts abroad and especially violence against American forces in Iraq. Khamenei appointed Mohammed Ali Jafari, described only as a senior figure in...
  • Analysis: Would Iran Retaliate To Bombing?

    09/01/2007 3:03:25 AM PDT · by Fennie · 21 replies · 1,067+ views
    UPI ^ | August 31, 2007 | Derek Sands
    WASHINGTON -- Although U.S. airstrikes on Iran's nuclear facilities and military would likely overwhelm their forces, Tehran could still rely on a host of weapons, from covert terror campaigns to long-range missiles, to retaliate against an American attack. While Iran's aging conventional military forces have little hope of succesfully maintaining combat against U.S. forces in the Gulf in the case of U.S. bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities, a quick attack by Tehran on ships in the Persian Gulf, and support of anti-American militias in Iraq and Afghanistan, could prove a real threat. French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday warned that...
  • Iran's Guard Builds A Fiscal Empire

    08/26/2007 8:06:43 AM PDT · by Fennie · 3 replies · 308+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 26, 2007 | Kim Murphy
    LONDON -- Iran's Revolutionary Guard has quietly become one of the most significant political and economic powers in the Islamic Republic, with ties to more than 100 companies, which by some estimates control more than $12 billion in business and construction, economists and Iranian political analysts say. The Guard was created in 1979 as a military and intelligence force to protect the ideals of Iran's Islamic Revolution. But the 125,000-strong force has used the massive military engineering capability it developed rebuilding the country after the 1980-88 war with Iraq to take over the strategic highlands of the Iranian economy. The...
  • Terror Label 'Paves Way For Air Strikes' (Iran)

    08/25/2007 8:09:23 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 962+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-26-2007 | Philip Sherwell
    Terror label 'paves way for air strikes' By Philip Sherwell in New York, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:41am BST 26/08/2007 The White House's plans to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organisation are intended to give the Bush administration cover if it launches military strikes on the Islamic republic, according to a prominent former CIA officer. Washington accuses Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps of backing attacks on American forces in Iraq Robert Baer, who was a high-ranking operative in the Middle East, said last week that senior government officials had told him the administration was preparing for air strikes...
  • General rips Iran as Iraq foe

    08/24/2007 11:17:29 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 675+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 25, 2007 | By Sara A. Carter
    A top Army commander in Iraq yesterday said Iran's Revolutionary Guard is trying to disrupt U.S. military gains by ramping up weapons and training support for radical Shi'ite groups. "We are up against a new wave of lethality sponsored by the enemies of the people of Iraq and its government," said Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of a division in central Iraq. He emphasized that withdrawing troops from Iraq would be a "giant step backward" — a day after Republican Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia recommended a basically symbolic pullout of some troops by Christmas. "We are finding...
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guard: Monolith or Jigsaw? (good info)

    08/24/2007 3:48:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | Aug. 24, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Iran's Revolutionary Guard: Monolith or Jigsaw? August 24, 2007 Asharq Alawsat Amir Taheri For a quarter of a century, the regime established by Khomeini has been labelled a “mullahrchy”, a theocracy dominated by the Shi’ite clergy. Now, however, those familiar with the Iranian situation know that a majority of Shi’ite clerics never converted to Khomeinism and did not endorse the Islamic Republic. In the past few years, especially since the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President in 2005, those mullahs who had converted to Khomeinism have lost some of their power privileges. Today, it is safe to say that the...
  • Iranian Operatives Step Up Flow of Weapons and Training to Iraq

    08/24/2007 11:05:48 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 450+ views
    Iranian Operatives Step Up Flow of Weapons and Training to Iraq August 24, 2007 AFP WASHINGTON -- Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps operatives are trying to sabotage US security gains in Iraq by stepping up the flow of arms and training to Shiite extremist groups, a top US commander charged Friday. Major General Rick Lynch said about 20 Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members are believed to be operating in his area in central Iraq on southern and eastern outskirts of Baghdad. "The scale of the Iranian problem is especially troubling when you look at the numbers of weapons we found...
  • US 'poised to strike Iran'

    08/24/2007 8:55:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies · 1,763+ views
    The Australian ^ | 08/25/07 | Geoff Elliott
    US 'poised to strike Iran' Font Size: Decrease Increase Geoff Elliott, Washington correspondent | August 25, 2007 BOB Baer, the former Middle East CIA operative whose first book about his life inspired the oil-and-espionage thriller Syriana, is working on a new book on Iran, but says he was told by senior intelligence officials that he had better get it published in the next couple of months because things could be about to change. Baer, in an interview with The Weekend Australian, says his contacts in the administration suggest a strategic airstrike on Iran is a real possibility in the months...
  • Blacklisting Iran's Guards Is "Dangerous" Move

    08/24/2007 8:09:35 AM PDT · by Fennie · 23 replies · 808+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | August 24, 2007
    WASHINGTON: The United States risks elevating tensions and is not likely to achieve much by declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guards a "terrorist" group, a prominent Iranian dissident who co-founded the Guards said. Mohsen Sazegara, who was a high-ranking Tehran official before turning against the government, told AFP in an interview that the US move, reported to be in the works last week, could spark a backlash, stirring up more turmoil in places where Washington accuses them of terror activities, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Now a research fellow on Iran at Harvard University, Sazegara also said he doubted blacklisting the Revolutionary...
  • Revolutionary Guards are terrorists, but it's founder can teach in the United States

    08/23/2007 6:55:07 AM PDT · by Marze Por Gohar Reports · 5 replies · 328+ views
    Marze Por Gohar Party ^ | 2007-08-23 | Marze Por Gohar Party
    The decision for the United States government to potentially classify the Islamic Republic's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist entity is seen by the Marze Por Gohar Party as a positive development. The Islamic Republic's own constitution clearly states the aim of this entity under the heading of “An Ideological Army” “... and so the Islamic Republic's army, and the corps of Revolutionary Guards must be organized in accordance with this aim. They have responsibility not only for the safeguarding of the frontiers, but also for a religious mission, which is Holy War (JIHAD) along the way of God,...
  • Iran Vows to Hit US 'Heavier in Future'

    08/20/2007 8:17:56 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 25 replies · 1,668+ views ^ | August 19, 2007
    Iran Vows to Hit US 'Heavier in Future' August 19, 2007 TEHRAN -- The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards yesterday threatened to deal heavier blows in future against the United States after Washington said it may label the force a terrorist group, according to news reports. Local press in Tehran quoted Revolutionary Guards leader General Yahya Rahim Safavi saying he could understand Washington's ire towards the group because of their recent successes against the US. The comments came as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a new verbal assault on Israel, denouncing it as the "flag of Satan" and saying...
  • 50 elite Iranian troops training militia in Iraq says US general

    08/19/2007 3:34:14 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 931+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | August 19, 2007 | AFP
    BAGHDAD -- A top US general Sunday claimed that around 50 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are inside Iraq and training Shiite extremists to launch attacks on US and Iraqi security forces. Major General Rick Lynch, commander of US forces in central Iraq, told reporters that members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards unit, the Quds Force, have set up in central provinces such as Babylon, Karbala, and Najaf, as well as southern belts outside Baghdad. "The border [between Iran and Iraq] is porous and they [Quds Force members] come back and forth all the time ... they are physically...
  • Kurds flee homes as Iran shells villages in Iraq

    08/19/2007 8:35:47 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 53 replies · 1,774+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 20, 2007 | Michael Howard
    Iraqi Kurdish officials expressed deepening concern yesterday at an upsurge in fierce clashes between Kurdish guerrillas and Iranian forces in the remote border area of north-east Iraq, where Tehran has recently deployed thousands of Revolutionary Guards. Jabar Yawar, a deputy minister in the Kurdistan regional government, said four days of intermittent shelling by Iranian forces had hit mountain villages high up on the Iraqi side of the border, wounding two women, destroying livestock and property, and displacing about 1,000 people from their homes. Mr Yawer said there had also been intense fighting on the Iraqi border between Iranian forces and...
  • (Iran)Revolutionary Guard Troops Killed By U.S. Forces In Iraq

    08/19/2007 5:31:36 PM PDT · by Flavius · 54 replies · 1,770+ views
    upi ^ | 8/17/07 | upi
    . 16 (UPI) — Three gunmen killed by U.S. troops in Iraq this week were members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, a U.S. military statement said in Baghdad. The U.S. Army statement said that in several anti-insurgency attacks this week, a total of nine gunmen were killed. However, in one raid in northeastern Baghdad targeting a leader of the Iranian Guards’ foreign fighters known as Al-Quds, three of his aides were killed by U.S. forces, Kuwait’s KUNA news agency reported.