Iran's Revolutionary Guard Acknowledges Taking a Bigger Role in Nation's Security

The top leaders of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard publicly acknowledged they had taken over the nation's security during the post-election unrest and warned late Sunday, in a threat against a reformist wave led by Mir-Hossein Mousavi, that there was no middle ground in the ongoing dispute over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the elite military branch, said the guard's takeover of the nation's security had led to "a revival of the revolution."

Many officials had said that the Revolutionary Guard had taken control of the nation's security in the wake of weeks of unrest that followed the June 12 vote, which opposition leaders claimed was stolen by Ahmadinejad, the incumbent.

These events put us in a new stage of the revolution and political struggles, and all of us must fully comprehend its dimensions”

— Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari