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Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Instability in the Middle East United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Instability in the Middle East

United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College

Published February 3rd 2014
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88 pages
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Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini formed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in 1979 to protect his regime against external and domestic threats. The IRGC has opposed US policies in the Middle East since the IRGCs founding in 1979. The IRGCMoreAyatollah Ruhollah Khomeini formed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in 1979 to protect his regime against external and domestic threats. The IRGC has opposed US policies in the Middle East since the IRGCs founding in 1979. The IRGC controls the Iranian nuclear weapon program and their quest for nuclear weapons is a long-term challenge to US interests. Irans pursuit of nuclear technology and enrichment capabilities also poses a serious challenge to the United States strategic partners: Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, and Pakistan. The Revolutionary Guard has sponsored insurgent groups such as Hezbollah, Muqtada Sadrs Jaysh al-Mahdi, and Hamas because the IRGC has a goal to spread a Shii version of totalitarian Islam. This paper is an analysis of the IRGCs nuclear weapon program and the IRGCs sponsorship of militant Islamic groups. This paper also assesses possible US government responses: multilateral sanctions, regional alliances, covert action, and overt military action. The United States must address the impacts of Irans missile arsenal, the concern for Israels safety, the integrity of the Persian Gulf shipping lanes within the Strait of Hormuz, and the possibility of Iranian coordination of terrorist attacks around the globe.