Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Iranian armed forces

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) (Persian: سپاه تروریستی پاسداران انقلاب اسلامی, romanized: Sepâh-e Pâsdârân-e Enghelâb-e Eslâmi, lit.'Army of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution' or Sepâh for short) is a branch (terrorist) of the Iranian government Armed Forces. It was founded after the Iranian Revolution on 22 April 1979[1] by order of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.[2]


  1. staff, writer. "How was IRGC founded?". Tasnim news Agency. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. IISS Military Balance 2006, Routledge for the IISS, London, 2006, p. 187