Saturday, September 1, 2007
IRGC Commander Sacked. Why?
The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenie today removed Maj. Gen. Yahya Safavi from his powerful post as the Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corp. (IRGC). Reports circulating in Tehran point to a security breakdown at IRGC as the main reason for the command change. A laptop computer with highest compartmental security clrearance access requirement had apparently been stolen in Iran recently containing sensitive information on Iran’s Green Salt Project.
The US intelligence officials have provided the IAEA the evidence that Green Salt involves uranium processing, presumably the production of uranium metal which is the core of atomic bombs, as well as the production of high explosives and missile warheads which together would make up the structure of an advanced nuclear weapon program.
The new IRGC commander is Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Aziz Jafari. Gen. Jafari was most recently the director of IRGC’s Center for Strategic Studies. Previously he commanded IRGC ground forces.
Gen. Safavi, the outgoing IRGC commander, was named in the UN Security Council resolution 1737, passed in December 2006, requiring member nations to freeze his assets for his involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.