Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named a new head Iran's Revolutionary Guard

September 1, 2007 22:42

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei named a new head for the elite Revolutionary Guard, an organization Washington is looking to list as a terrorist group, state media announced Saturday. Khamenei appointed Mohammed Ali Jafari, described only as a senior figure in the hardline force, to replace General Yahya Rahim Safavi who has led the Guards for the last decade. The estimated 200,000-strong Revolutionary Guards answers directly to Khamenei and is seen as a defender of the 1979 Islamic revolution that swept away a pro-US regime and founded the current religious republic.

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