In my September 1 post “IRGC Commander Sacked. Why?” I had stated that the new commander, Gen. Mohammad Ali Aziz Jafari, had attended a recent meeting in Sharm Al Sheikh along with Iran’s foreign minister. That is not the case; it was another person with the same name, working as a deputy director for Iran’s supreme national security council, who had attended the meeting. My apologies to my readers for the confusion this might have caused.
My analysis of the reason for the change of command at IRGC is not affected by this error. Today the government-owned broadcasting system asserted that the change in command was “routine.” Gen. Jafari is only the third IRGC commander in the past 26 years. This is not a routine rotation of military personnel.