Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
Branch of the Iranian Armed Forces
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The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, founded after the Iranian Revolution on 22 April 1979 by order of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Whereas the Iranian Army defends Iranian borders and maintains internal order, according to the Iranian constitution, the Revolutionary Guard (pasdaran) is intended to protect the country's Islamic republic political system. The Revolutionary Guards base their role in protecting the Islamic system as well as preventing foreign interference and coups by the military or "deviant movements".
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Iran news agency warns U.S. against any move on fuel shipment to VenezuelaAn Iranian news agency close to the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday there would be repercussions if the United States acted "just like pirates" against an Iranian fuel shipment to..
Guards chief: U.S. warships will be destroyed if they threaten Iran in GulfIran will destroy U.S. warships if its security is threatened in the Gulf, the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards told state TV on Thursday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump warned Tehran..
Pompeo says Iran needs to be held accountable for launch of military satelliteU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Iran needs to be held accountable for the successful launch by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of the country's first military..
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Iran's Guards say launched first military satellite into orbitIran's Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Wednesday it had successfully launched the country's first military satellite into orbit, at a time of heightened tensions with the United States over Tehran's..
Iran launches first military satellite, say Revolutionary GuardsIran's Revolutionary Guards force said on Wednesday it had launched the country's first military satellite which had gone into orbit.
Iran has boosted range of naval missiles to 700 km: Fars news agencyIran has increased the range of its naval missiles to 700 kilometres (435 miles), the head of the Revolutionary Guards navy said on Monday, according to the Fars news agency.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards say have increased Gulf patrolsIran's Revolutionary Guards warned the United States about its military activities in the Gulf on Sunday, adding that their navy had as a result increased patrols, which would also secure the passage..
Iran will give a decisive response to any "mistake" by the U.S. in the Gulf: Revolutionary Guards navyIran will give a decisive response to any mistake by the United States in the Gulf, the Revolutionary Guards navy said in a statement published on the Guards' news site Sepah News.
Senior member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards killed in Syria: FarsA senior member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Farhad Dabirian, was "martyred" in Syria on Friday, Fars news agency reported, without giving details of how he died.
Iran's Guards allocate facilities to tackle coronavirus outbreakIran's elite Revolutionary Guards have allocated facilities across the country to help eradicate the new coronavirus, a Guards commander told a televised news conference on Sunday.
Hardline Guards make early gains in restricted Iran electionCandidates affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guards looked on course to win a parliamentary majority on Saturday, reportedly leading in the race in Tehran and towns and villages elsewhere, after a..
Candidates linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards leading in election in capital: FarsA list of candidates affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guards is leading in a parliamentary election in Tehran, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
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Iran says it will strike U.S. and Israel if they make the 'slightest error'Iran is ready to strike the United States and Israel if they give it any reason to do so, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said in a live broadcast on state television on Thursday.
Killing of Iranian commander will bring liberation of Jerusalem: Guards spokesmanThe killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani will lead to the liberation of Jerusalem, the spokesman for the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday, according to the Tasnim news agency.
Iran says Canada's complaint over Ukrainian plane crash lacks legal basisCanada's complaint about a Ukrainian passenger plane that was mistakenly shot down by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in January has no legal basis, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on..
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Iran's Khamenei stands by Guards after unrest over downed planeIran's supreme leader threw his support behind the elite Revolutionary Guards in a rare sermon on Friday after their belated admission that they had accidentally downed an airliner triggered days of..
Iran can take fight beyond its borders, Khamenei says in rare sermonThe Revolutionary Guards can take their fight beyond Iran's borders, the supreme leader said on Friday, responding to the U.S. killing of his country's most prominent commander and to anti-government..
Iran's Khamenei to address nation facing unrest at home, pressure abroadIran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei will deliver a Friday prayers sermon when he is expected to throw his support behind the elite Revolutionary Guards after their belated admission that they had downed..
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Iran's Guards knew missile to blame on day Ukraine plane crashedA senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Saturday he knew a missile had brought down a Ukrainian plane the same day it happened and accepted full responsibility, saying his force had..
Iran's Guards accept responsibility for downing Ukrainian planeIran's Revolutionary Guards accepts full responsibility for the downing of a Ukrainian airliner, a senior commander of the guards said in a video posted online by state TV on Saturday.
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Iran's army renews demand for U.S. to withdraw troops from region: state TVIran's army renewed a demand for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from the Middle East, state TV reported on Wednesday, after the elite Revolutionary Guards launched missile attacks on American targets in..
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Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander says missile attacks 'first step': TVIran's missile attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq was the first step and Tehran will not spare American troops, Iranian state TV quoted a Revolutionary Guards commander as saying on Wednesday.
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