MEK Iran: Who are the Oppressive Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)?
Not long after the 1979 revolution in Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini, the mullahs’ Supreme Leader demanded that the IRGC be formed. The regime said this military force would preserve the revolution and what it stands for. The reality is that the IRGC’S presence has been to preserve the mullahs’ regime. Khomeini once said, “if the IRGC is gone, the whole country will be lost”.
The key role of the IRGC is oppressing dissidents in Iran, especially members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), the main Iranian opposition, and spreading terrorism overseas.
The Iranian Resistance' leader's recent saying that the mullahs #IRGC should be disbanded has stirred a lot in the regime.
Watch the official regime's TV show 3 days ago with the spokesperson for the mullahs' armed forces blaming the #MEK for their problems. #DisbandIRGC pic.twitter.com/F5em62b2nj
— Aladdin Touran (@AladdinTouran) September 24, 2020
The IRGC provides money and support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine. It funds these doubtful activities through its monopolization of Iran’s economy and industry where it has been in the position of using the country’s wealth for its own means which has led to increases in poverty throughout Iran.
One of the IRGC s most important roles was during the Iran-Iraq war where it controlled all military personnel and logistics. It encouraged the continuation of the Iran Iraq war. It sent thousands of Iranian children into minefields to sweep them by actually finding and setting off the bombs. 440,000 students were sent to the minefields on the front lines.
During the nationwide protests in Iran in November 2019, the IRGC forces ordered directly by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to kill 1,500 protesters. Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019. Even after that time according to a report released by Amnesty, the IGRC is still torturing prisoners because of their beliefs.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) December 16, 2019
The top of the IGRC’s hierarchy is the Commander-in-Chief followed by the Deputy Chief of Staff, then the Joint Chiefs of Staff or Deputy Coordinator. However, it is the regime’s supreme leader who has the most control over the IGRC.
There are 4 forces that make up the IGRC and they are Ground, Naval, Air, and the extraterritorial Quds Force and the Basij organization. At its headquarters are the following:
- the Basij militias,
- publications and propaganda,
- personnel affairs units,
- military training,
- planning and operations,
- ideological-political training,
This joint headquarters is involved in the construction of mosques through the Kowsar base.
What are the consequences of lifting Iran's Arms Embargo?https://t.co/1zffuLIhrI Internal reports exposed by #NCRI reveal Khamenei decided to enter nuclear talks to take advantage of IRGC's regional aggression, as it became serious P5+1 turned blind eye to all crimes #DisbandIRGC pic.twitter.com/TIyfvMh9H7
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) September 1, 2020
IRGC Ground Forces
The IRGC ground force has 10 combat divisions which are:
- special forces.
The IRGC ground force has 200,000 active people and makes up the main body of the Revolutionary Guards and its commander is Mohammad Pakpour.
IRGC Intelligence Organization
The IRGC’s Intelligence Organization got off the ground in June 2009, 4 months after the beginning of the uprisings in that year. Its head is Hossein Taeb and the role it plays is to do with domestic suppression and the regime’s terrorist activities abroad. The Organization uses the Bassij Organization to gather intelligence information and conduct surveillance within every sector of Iranian society.
IRGC Quds Force
The IRGC has an extraterritorial Quds Force which interferes in other countries’ affairs. The Quds Force is the IRGC’s arm for terrorist operations and warmongering overseas. Even though they mainly work abroad this time they were brought in especially to suppress the November 2019 uprisings.
Soleimani, a major general, was Khamenei’s axeman and was hated by many. During the 2018 and 2019 uprisings, protesters ripped up and burned his posters in many cities.
IRGC’s Quds Force
The IRGC Quds Force has been involved in many terrorist operations mostly after 2009 Their range takes in several countries in Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia. Head of the Quds Force was Qassem Soleimani who was killed in January 2020 during a U.S. drone attack.
Massoud Rajavi, the Leader of the Iranian Resistance:
Disband the IRGC and allocate its funding to combatting the coronavirus pandemic as well as the provision of health care and medical treatment to #Iranian patients. #DisbandIRGC #Iran pic.twitter.com/rhNBCb06kG
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) August 16, 2020
Iranian Resistance leader, Massoud Rajavi, called for the IRGC to be dismantled. The IRGC is the Iranian regime’s main tool of suppression and terrorism. Mr. Rajavi said that the IRGC’s budget and its assets must be used for the health of the people and to help relieve the burden of COVID-19 in Iran. Over 151,800 people have died of the coronavirus, according to reports by the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
#Iran Coronavirus Update
More than 151,800 people have died of the novel #coronavirus in 465 cities checkered across all of Iran's 31 provinces, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) November 12, 2020
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): Hail to the doctors and nurses who are saving lives by taking the highest risks. As the number of casualties is approaching 152,000, the IRGC must be disbanded, and its budget and facilities allocated to the healthcare system to help combat Coronavirus.
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