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Written by Reuters IRNA   
Saturday, 01 September 2007


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 Safavi, who commanded the Guards for 10 years, would become his senior adviser on armed forces affairs.

The Guards are an ideologically driven force set up shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution to act as guardians of the Islamic Republic. The force has a separate command structure from the regular military and answers directly to Khamenei.

The Guards include sea, land and air forces.

As well as being a fighting force, the Guards have growing business interests, including an engineering subsidiary Khatam al-Anbia which has taken on several oil and gas projects in Iran, the world's fourth largest oil producer.

U.S. officials have said Washington might brand the group a foreign terrorist group, a move that would enable Washington to target its finances. Tehran has brushed off the threat.

Analysts see Washington's threat as part of efforts to isolate Iran over its atomic plans, a program U.S. President George W. Bush has said put the region "under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust".

The United States is seeking to push Iran to heed a U.N. demand to suspend uranium enrichment, the part of Iran's atomic program that most worries the West because the process can be used to make fuel for power plants or material for warheads.

Reuters | Sat Sep 1, 2007 2:53PM EDT


IRGC has a new commander Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA
IRGC-New Commander
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Chief Commander of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a decree issued Saturday appointed a new commander for the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Jafari was appointed as the new commander of IRGC. He was also promoted to Major General by the supreme leader. General Jafari was commander of IRGC's ground forces.

Supreme leader, in his decree, pointed to General Jafari's brilliant background in the armed forces in different stages.

In a separate decree, Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Yahya Rahim Safavi as his senior advisor and assistant in military affairs. General Safavi was the commander of IRGC.


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