IRGC Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Silent Coup and Split
Republished: August 29, 2012
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Are Iran’s IRGC Revolutionary Guards preparing for a coup?
An informed source within the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps reports that the ever-increasing tensions and visible animosities between the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad has prompted the Ayatollah to issue an operational plan to deal with the clashes that can be expected in the coming weeks between the two differing factions.
According to this operational plan, which would normally have to be approved by the Supreme National Security Council and, in turn, be confirmed by the Supreme Leader, it is being issued, instead, as a directive from the Supreme Leaders himself. It instructs the Revolutionary Guards’ ground forces to coordinate efforts with the Basij militia to take control of the entire country, all governmental offices, ministries and presidential administration — and most importantly — purge people within all the ranks.
The source, within the headquarters of Guards command known as “Building Plan 55,” revealed to Iran Briefing (an opposition site), that: “The inception phases of the plan, which begins from within the mosques and Basij militia groups, will be structured and groups will be organized in such a fashion as to prepare for possible clashes that would lead to a preemptory crisis. Networks are also being put in place as supervising bodies in order to carry out the rapid response ‘deathblow’ as it were.”
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It is worth mentioning that the orders for such an operation have been given to the Basij forces so that, at minimum, those who are loyal to the Supreme Leader will be separated from the supporters of Ahmadinejad.
To that end, since last week, all sectors of the Basij militia have been situated in areas throughout the country so that the procedures specified in the approved operational plans are carried out in tandem by each individual Basij outlet. The plan, which has been signed off and initialed by the Commander of the Revolutionary Guards, is as follows: “All departments of the ground and resistance forces of the Basij network must be positioned in a such a manner that all the most ardent believers are coalesced and can be quickly called upon for immediate action and total take over.”
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The Revolutionary Guards, however, fear that clashes between the disciples of Khamenei and the supporters of Ahmadinejad would pour out to the streets of Tehran, sparking a renewal of the Green Movement and populist anti-regime protests.
All this has led to concerns among the IRGC commanders, whereas over 70 percent of Guard forces are known to have not participated in attacking the Iranian people, and who have refused to suppress the anti-regime protests in the past. Now, however, there is also a known and irreparable rift between the hardliners, some of whom have clearly split loyalties — some loyal to Khamenei, while others are supporters of Ahmadinejad.
Also, the involvement of the Basij forces and plainclothes agents, who played a decisive role in the suppression of the bloody protests following the fraudulent 2009 presidential elections, led to the national security forces having to admit to the Supreme National Security Council that they were defeated in their effort and could not contain the protests. This led up to the IRGC taking total control of Tehran and other big cities throughout Iran.
In other parts of this recently approved operational plan, it is stated that the IRGC is to do its utmost to take total control of the country and all governmental branches within a week. This is a precursor that is intended to lead up to plans that will be “announced at a later time.”
Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Chief Commander of the Guards, is also worried about dissension within the ranks of the Revolutionary Guards. This dissent has grown and spread throughout the forces ever since the fraudulent elections of 2009 because of the brutal response to the peaceful demonstrators where hundreds were killed and injured.
As I revealed on April 19, a group of 37 Guard commanders were arrested and charged with planning a coup against the Islamic regime. They were accused of planning to take over 130 key institutions in Tehran. There are also reports from the city of Mashhad that many other Guard members were arrested on the same charges.
With the combined rift growing within the leadership and the dissent among the Guards, the very forces that have served as the backbone of the Islamic regime, it seems that it is now the most opportune time for leaders in the West to step up and support the Iranian people with their desire for a complete overthrow of their regime.
If the U.S is so willing to support the Egyptians and Libyans in their pursuit of freedom and their pursuit of democracy, why not at last recognize that the Iranians deserve freedom and their own government too? Will they realize the urgency and respond to the call?
US must exploit new split in IRGC Iran's Revolutionary Guards
A serious split is developing within Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard. The West must leverage that split in support of regime change before the Islamic Republic successfully tests nuclear weapons.
A serious split is developing within Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, with one faction favoring the overthrow of the dictatorial regime. This presents a window of opportunity for the West to support regime change before the Islamic Republic successfully tests nuclear weapons. Once the regime has those nuclear bombs, that opening will be much narrower.
Iran has tried hard to show strength in the face of sanctions aimed at pressuring Tehran to quit its suspected nuclear-bomb and missile development programs. Iranian leaders are now flexing their military muscles in the strategic waterway, the Strait of Hormuz, threatening to shut it down and choking off a major part of the world’s oil supply.
The regime has long tried to scare the West from taking any action against it, by threatening the world’s security and stability. However, behind its mask of strength and unity, big cracks are beginning to show.
Ever since entering politics, the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been a vengeful politician who rarely trusts anyone. Sources reveal that after the Nov. 12 explosions at the Guard's base west of Tehran, many Guard members, including commanders and even officers at the supreme leader’s office, have been arrested and are under investigation.
On that day, Mr. Khamenei, along with many other high-ranking Iranian officials, was supposed to be present at a ceremony at the explosion site. The massive blast not only rattled Tehran more than 20 miles away but shocked the regime’s hierarchy, which saw it as a covert operation to take out the supreme leader and his cronies.
The regime now worries about the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2. First, there is the possibility of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s faction taking control of parliament, creating problems for Khamenei and his allies, as a growing rift has appeared between Mr. Ahmadinejad and the supreme leader. But the regime also worries about the possibility of another uprising by the people of Iran, as the majority of Iranians resent the totalitarian regime.
Just days ago, Ahmadi Moghadam, the top police commander of the regime, announced the “readiness” of security forces to confront possible unrest on Election Day for the ninth Majlis (parliament).
However, the mullahs’ biggest worry is the Revolutionary Guard themselves, the very force that has been the regime’s pillar of support ever since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. A letter written by one of its commanders to Mohammad Nourizad, a conservative journalist who himself continues to criticize Khamenei and the regime despite being jailed, beaten, and threatened, was recently published on Mr. Nourizad's blog.
The commander, whose name was withheld for security purposes, states that, “Like many millions of suffering Iranians, myself and hundreds of freedom-loving and free-thinking commanders of the Revolutionary Guard do think about the devastation" that Khamenei has forced on the country.
The commander continues, “I can positively assure you and announce to the dear people of Iran that a collective majority of the Revolutionary Guard absolutely despise the regime leadership, but they are stuck in an exceedingly cruel and bloodthirsty system. This authority does not tolerate an alternative approach by the so-called insiders, and so they orchestrate military courts in order to label members of the Revolutionary Guard as traitors and send them to the gallows.”
The Revolutionary Guard are human too, the commander says, and contrary to their military facade, they also have democratic views and are waiting on more favorable conditions so that they can join the people in opposing the regime. He assures the Iranians that the majority of the Guard forces will not participate in any suppression of the people, and the brutality that the people have witnessed is due to those vicious members who fall under the jurisdiction of the Basij auxiliary and security forces.
In criticizing the supreme leader, the commander says that Khamenei is behind the terror machine of the Qods Forces with their assassination and terrorist activities outside the country and the Basij forces as a military and oppressive force inside the country.
The commander brazenly declares, “Without a shadow of a doubt and based on documentation and proof, many of which will be produced and presented in time, the assassinations of Kazem Rajavi, Shahpour Bakhtiar, Dr. [Abdul Rahman] Ghassemlou and the heinous murders of Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar and many other opposition figures inside and outside of Iran were carried out under the supervision of the Guard Corps and the Intelligence Ministry.”
The commander says the nation is suffering from an epidemic of hopelessness and that the possibility of an uprising like the one of 2009 is not great. He believes that now the only possibility for regime change is an attack from outside, such as the one that toppled Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but it would be highly costly for Iran and Iranians.
In a stern warning to Iranians and the world, the commander states that if the regime is not overthrown, it will soon test its first nuclear bomb, becoming essentially untouchable. It will then suppress anyone opposing it just as Stalin did in the Soviet Union.
There are steps the West, particularly the US, can take to exploit this split in the Guard and encourage regime change. It must voice support for Iranians in their aspirations for freedom and democracy. It should condemn the Iranian leaders for crimes against humanity and move to arrest and try them in international courts. It must confront the Revolutionary Guard with its terrorist activities abroad. And the West must expand its economic sanctions to the Iranian Central Bank and Iranian oil immediately.
Today the West has many allies in Iran to help bring about regime change and save the world from a dark future, but it must be aware that the window is closing.
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