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Revolutionary Guard (Iran)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 241
Country: Iran
Date formed: May 7, 1979
Details of Formation: Formed in February but became 'official' in May 1979. New regime distrusted existing security agents.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: still active in 2007
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type2
Government Link(s): person/minister; state/military institution
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations no information
Shared personnel no information
Types of Material Support: domestic government
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: religious
Force Strength: [60000, 250000]
Target(s): unarmed political opposition, government critics; rebels, insurgents, or other armed group; regular military force; journalists
Purpose(s): protect state, national or religious institutions; protect state, national or religious leader(s)
Other Information: Other name Pasdaran. A disciplined military force responsible for internal and external security yet remains distinct from regular army.