Tehran, Iran â€“ The Commandant of Iranâ€™s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) declared that Iran was exporting its Islamic revolution to other Muslim countries including Iraq which would inevitably bring about the downfall of the United States in the Middle East, state dailies reported on Monday.
Speaking at a gathering of the IRGCâ€™s Navy commanders on Sunday, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said, â€œThe impoverished peopleâ€™s Bassij force was formed on the orders of the Imam [Ruhollah Khomeini] following the siege of the American spiesâ€™ den [U.S. embassy in Tehran] on November 4, 1979 and the arrest of the spies of that country to fight any possible threat from the enemiesâ€.
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 03 â€“ Iranâ€™s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered a major reshuffle of the top brass of the armed forces as part of a larger plan to enhance the militaryâ€™s control over the government, Iran Focus has learnt.
In recent weeks, hundreds of senior officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have been seconded to government ministries and state institutions to â€œprop upâ€ the countryâ€™s civil administration for what many within the clerical government believe will be a very tough year ahead for the Islamic Republic of Iran.
New York Times
By ANDREW E. KRAMER
MOSCOW, Dec. 2 - Russia has agreed to sell antiaircraft missiles to Iran as part of a $1 billion arms deal that would significantly increase Moscow's military cooperation with Tehran, Russian news media reported Friday.
The announcement of the sale coincided with a visit to Moscow by R. Nicholas Burns, the American under secretary of state for political affairs, who said in a radio interview that the United States had asked the Russian Foreign Ministry to explain the deal, reported by the newspaper Vedomosti and the Interfax news agency.