Iran replaces Revolutionary Guard head, amid US accusations of terrorism

September 2, 2007 03:26

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. Khamenei appointed Mohammed Ali Jafari, described only as a senior figure in the hard-line force with "valuable experience and shining record," to replace General Yahya Rahim Safavi, who has led the Guards for the last decade. The decision comes two weeks after Safavi told the local press that the Guards would retaliate against Washington's attempts to register it as terrorist.

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