Pro-Government Militias

Pro-Government Militia Website

Basij militia (Iran)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 242
Country: Iran
Date formed: Nov. 26, 1980
Details of Formation: members included both those too young and too old for military service. Religious motivations but also more recently reference to material incentives to join.
Date dissolved: Unknown
Details of Termination: remains active in 2007
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type2
Government Link(s): state/military institution
Training and Equipment yes
Shared Information and Joint Operations yes
Shared personnel no information
Types of Material Support: domestic government
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: religious; children
Location:
Force Strength: [2000000, 8000000]
Target(s): unarmed political opposition, government critics; rebels, insurgents, or other armed group; regular military force
Purpose(s): protect state, national or religious institutions; protect state, national or religious leader(s); protect national borders and integrity
Other Information: members included both those too young and too old for military service. Religious motivations but also more recently reference to material incentives to join.

Evidence