Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the head of the Revolutionary Guards, just two weeks after the US said it was planning to list the force as a terrorist organisation.
State television said on Saturday that General Yahya Rahim Safavi would be replaced by Mohammad Ali Jaafari, another senior commander of the elite force.
"Acknowledging General Safavi's 28 years of honest service in different military fields and 10 years of successful leadership of the Revolutionary Guards, I appoint you top adviser in military affairs," a decree from Khamenei said.
The Revolutionary Guards, which is estimated to have at least 100,000 troops, answers directly to Khamenei and is seen as a defender of the 1979 Islamic revolution that forced out the Shah and founded the current religious republic.
Khamenei thanked Safavi for his "valuable" service and advised his successor to highlight the "increasing progress" of the Guards.
Last Mod: 02 Eylül 2007, 15:17