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October 23, 2009


Last week, as Hassan Firouzabadi announced the merge between the ground forces of the Islamic Passdaran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) with the para-military Basij, the IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafari announced yesterday that the IRGC and Basij’s new organizational charts have been approved by ayatollah Khamenei.  Mohammad Ali Jafari said: “The basis for the new structure and the central question in making decisions regarding IRGC’s structure has been the Basij, whose responsibility is to the defend the Islamic revolution, and do the same in the missions of the IRGC. At one juncture the issue of provincial IRGC units was raised and we concluded to unite all IRGC capabilities in every province under one central provincial command.  That was the model preferred and chosen from various alternatives by the supreme leader.  Today, we see its blessings.”

New Appointments of Naghdi and Taeb Signal the new Security Approach

In another part of his remarks, Mohammad Ali Jafari referred to the recent appointment of Hossein Taeb as the IRGC’s intelligence director.  Jafari said, “The urgency of Mr. Taeb’s presence at the IRGC’s intelligence division drove us to conclude to appoint him as the force’s intelligence director.  This post occupies a very significant place; because today the regime expects a great deal of expectations with respect to intelligence work from the IRGC.”

Two weeks ago ayatollah Khamenei issued an order appointed Mohammad Reza Naghdi as head of the Basij ad Hossein Taeb as the IRGC’s new intelligence director.  

Jafari’s remarks are published at a time when many analysts has identified a “security approach” as the driving force behind the recent structural changes in the IRGC.  The IRGC chief’s remarks yesterday regarding the appointments of Mohammad Reza Naghi and Hossein Taeb confirmed that hypothesis.

IRGC’s Intelligence Organization

The announcement of the enactment of structural changes in the IRGC by ayatollah Khemenei and the replacement of senior commanders in the organization coincided with reports by the state-owned IRNA and the Alef news website (affiliated with Ahmad Tavvakoli) announcing the transformation of the IRGC’s intelligence unit to an “intelligence organization.”  

According to some experts, Taeb’s appointment as the head of the IRGC’s intelligence organization alongside Gholamhossein Ramezani, the IRGC’s counter-intelligence director, paves the way for the expansion of the IRGC’s security-intelligence apparatus.  In addition to his close relationship with Taeb and their ideological agreement, Ramezani played an influential role in helping to administer the election coup and subsequent crackdowns..  During the presidency of Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, Ramezani served as the police force’s counter-intelligence director and played a prominent role at the time in managing the parallel security organizational and arresting and confronting reformists 

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