Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps

Iran’s elite military is entangled in regional wars. Mission creep?

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — President Obama appears to have the votes to ensure congressional approval of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran, a key plank of which is an easing of economic sanctions. And one of the beneficiaries will be Iran’s primary tool for projecting power – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and especially its elite Qods Force, which handles operations abroad.

But are Iran’s wizened generals, who mostly cut their military teeth in the 1980s as teenage volunteers during the brutal Iran-Iraq War, already in danger of overreach?

  • T.C.

    From the article:
    “There is no shortage of commitment: at least seven IRGC generals have died on the frontlines, primarily in Syria but also in Iraq, taken down by snipers’ bullets, bombs, and even an Israeli airstrike. The Guards are relatively top heavy with generals due to their origins as an ideological militia. Still, such high-ranking losses are highly uncommon in modern warfare.”

    Uncommon losses? Perhaps, until one compares the RGC casualties with battlefield attrition amongst the SS during WWII.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    What makes these Iranian forces elite? I see no evidence of that in their battlefield performance.