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 Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran include the Islamic Republic of Iran army (IRIA), the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) and the law enforcement Forces of Islamic Republic Iran.


These forces total about 545,000 active personnel (not including the Law Enforcement Force). All branches of armed forces fall under the command of General Headquarters of Armed Forces. The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces logistics is responsible for planning logistics and funding of the armed forces and is not involved with in-the-field military operational command.

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The latest developments in southern Syria appear to confirm the change in the Iranian military doctrine. YNet in Israel reported Monday that, according to sources in the Syrian Army, Iran is preparing to expand its "participation in battles in Syria ...
Last week, the Iranian military showcased the newest version of its Qahar F-313 stealth fighter jet for government officials and defense contractors at Meherabad Air Base, just weeks after the Iranian defense ministry announced that the fifth ...
Moscow (Sputnik) - The Mahan destroyer of the US Navy had to switch on the danger signal and change its course after it had a close encounter with the Iranian military ship in the Persian gulf, media reported Wednesday. The incident took place on ...
In this March 9, 2016 photo obtained from the Iranian Fars news agency, a Qadr H long-range surface-to-surface missile is fired by Iranian armed forces. Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has underlined Iran's resolve to boost ...
Iranian armed forces Chief of Staff Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said in November 2016 that Tehran may need naval bases on the coasts of Yemen and Syria "one day" as the Central Asian countries demand to have access to international waters through Iran ...
The homegrown cruise missile was unveiled by President Hassan Rouhani on April 15. Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great headways in manufacturing a broad range of Indigenous equipment, making the armed forces ...
A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic is not willing to negotiate Middle East issues with the United States, stressing that Washington cannot act as "judge, jury and executioner" in the troubled region.
The Karbala campaign of late 1986 and early 1987 represents a traumatic heritage for the Iranian military because it highlighted the relatively narrow limits of the country's direct power projection capability.
Narker was among the 10 sailors who surrendered to the Iranian military and later appeared in a propaganda video made by their captors, causing an international incident.
Shahriar Dasin (left), and Rear Adm. Arusukmono Indra Sucahyo, commander of the Indonesian navy Staff and Command College, during a ceremony to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the Iranian armed forces in Jakarta on Monday.(JP/Tama Salim) ...
The statement comes just days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to US efforts to hamper the Iranian military, that Iran will ask "no one's permission" to build up its missile capability ...
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani stressed that his country's armed forces are defending the region, noting that the Islamic Republic's neighbors should know this reality.
Dubai (Reuters) - Iran will ask "no one's permission" to build up its missile capability, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to U.S.
"The strengthening of the capability of the Iranian armed forces ... is only for defending the country and we will ask no one's permission to build up the armed forces, and to build missiles and aircraft," he said at a televised event showcasing some ...
Dubai - Iran will ask "no one's permission" to build up its missile capability, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to US efforts to hamper the Iranian military. ... Addressing an event showcasing some ...
Dubai - Iran will ask "no one's permission" to build up its missile capability, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to U.S.
Dubai (Reuters) - Iran will ask "no one's permission" to build up its missile capability, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to U.S.
It diverted a frigate with cruise missiles to the Eastern Mediterranean. And it issued a joint statement with the Iranian military warning that it would respond with force to any new act of aggression against Syria. The recklessness of US policy was ...
The Royal navy of Oman (RNO) and Iranian Navy conducted a joint exercise (search and rescue) in the Sea of Oman on Wednesday. The drill comes within the ...
Hamas, as a religious movement, may be divided over the Iranian military and financial support. The military leadership wants this support to continue and increase, but its political leadership has other considerations, due to sectarian tension, and ...
"This is their last in a series of strategic errors ... which will definitely have backlash against their own interests," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told senior commanders of the Iranian armed forces on Sunday. The most immediate issue on the agenda of ...
... allocated to the IRGC from the national purse - an allocation that has grown repeatedly under the tenure of the supposedly moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and now encompasses nearly two thirds of the total budget for the Iranian armed forces.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's decision to launch missiles into Syria risked raising tensions with Iran, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a conflict with dangerously blurry battle lines.
The number of attacks on critical infrastructure appears to have risen: to nearly 300 in 2015 from just under 200 in 2012, according to federal data.
There has been a rise in the number of attacks on critical infrastructure; according to federal data, they went from just under 200 in 2012 to nearly 300 in 2015.
Also, senior Iranian military officials held phone conversations with their Syrian counterparts on the surprise missile onslaught.
Chief of Staff of the Iranian armed forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri and his Russian counterpart, Valery Vasilevich Gerasimov, held a phone call on Saturday after US warships in the eastern Mediterranean launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk ...
During the past two weeks at least eight Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fighters were killed in the region of Hama. Iran condemned the chemical ...
... Royal navy of Oman (RNO) received in his office at Mu'askar Al Murtafa' on Sunday armed forces Deputy Chief of Staff for International Affairs, Head of the Iranian side in the Omani-Iranian military Friendship Committee and his accompanying ...
Warning sirens in Dallas, meant to alert the public to emergencies like severe weather, started sounding around 11:40 p.m. Friday, and were not shut off until 1:20 a.m.
"There is no historical evidence on a state called 'Azerbaijan' in the north of Araks," Foreign high-ranking military of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Mansour Haghighatpour said according to the report of Iranian news agency ...
According to local residents, the base was used by the Russian military in early 2016, but these days it is run by Syrian and Iranian military officials. President Donald Trump, who told former President Barack Obama for years not to attack Syria via ...
Mr Trump has been vocal in denouncing Iranian military action in the region, while embracing both Israel and Sunni Arab states - most notably Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan - as allies.
Local residents say the Russian military had used the air base in early 2016 but have since withdrawn their officers, so the base is now mainly operated by Syrian and Iranian military officers. There is also a hotel nearby where Iranian officers have ...
"If Iran had not assisted Azerbaijan, Armenians would have captured Baku as well," Foreign high-ranking military of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Mansour Haghighatpour said in an interview with the Iranian news agency Azariha.
The school has been sanctioned by the European Union due to its support of the Iranian military. Fahimian won a grant to pursue her doctorate from the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt, based largely on her research into cellphone ...
The 737 MAX is a revolutionary new jetliner that can easily cover the distance needed for the several daily trips that Iranian military assets take to funnel weapons and aide to the Assad regime in Syria. Aseman is controlled by the Iranian regime "but ...
Algeria, Tunisia deny false Iranian military collaboration reports. Reza Amiri met with Algerian and Tunisian officials last week [Getty].
But in contrast to other parts of the strategy, increased US support to the Saudis and UAE in Yemen could be interpreted by Iran as the beginning of a Trump administration effort to build an anti-Iranian military coalition, the official acknowledged ...
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif confirmed that Russia may use Iranian military bases for attacks on terrorists, on a "case by case basis.
The latter went as far as to deny permission to a plane carrying Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir to cross its airspace for the swearing-in of president Rouhani.8 Additionally, Iranian military aid to Sudan has practically dried up during this period ...
For the second time, the Emirati and Israeli, as well as the US, Italian and Greek air forces started military drills in Greece which last till Thursday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that Russia will be able to make use Iranian military bases to launch airstrikes in Syria on a "case by case basis.
There are already reports of increased Iranian military presence in Yemen in response to a strengthening US position, while in Iraq this approach is likely to intensify Tehran's efforts to strengthen its grip on the country's political and security ...
For the second time, the Emirati and the Israeli as well as the US, Italian and Greek air forces started military drills in Greece which last till Thursday.
March 28 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to fight terrorists in Syria on a "case by case basis." Zarif said that regional issues, including Syria, would be ...


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