Monday, July 14, 2008

Leadership Changes at the IRGC and Basij

From a report by Iran Daily:
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appointed new commanders of the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps (IRGC). In separate decrees, Ayatollah Khamenei appointed the new commanders of IRGC’s ground force, the country’s volunteer Basij force and the Sarallah Military Base. The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces and high-ranking IRGC commanders attended the ceremony for the inauguration of the new commanders, Presstv reported.

Brigadier General Mohammad Jafar Asadi was appointed commander of IRGC’s Ground Force, while Hojjatoleslam Hossein Taeb was named the new commander of IRGC’s Basij force. Brigadier-General Asadi described the new appointments within the IRGC as highly sensitive. Hojjatoleslam Taeb said at the ceremony that Basij has a sensitive and difficult mandate to fulfill and expressed hope that the force could help the Iranian nation take big strides toward advancement.Brigadier-General Mohammad Hejazi, retaining his post as acting IRGC commander, was appointed commander of the Sarallah Military Base.

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