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Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is a product of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini established the force to protect the Islamic order of the new ranian government. The IRGC has since evolved to be a major political, military, and economic
force in Iran. It is believed to have close ties to the Supreme Leader, but has its own factions--some of which have loyalties to President Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad who is a veteran of the IRGC.


It is far more political and ideological than the regular armed forces. A number of senior officers n the IRGC have relatives or close ties to leading members of Iran’s leading clerics.

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