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Iran's Revolutionary Guard: A powerful force seeking to reshape the Middle East

A senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds force was reported killed in an Israeli airstrike in Damascus. The IRGC is Iran's dominant military force, established after the 1979 Islamic Revolution to protect the ruling system. It has its own army, navy, air force, and intelligence wing. The IRGC's Quds Force is its foreign espionage and paramilitary arm, heavily influencing allied militias across the Middle East. The IRGC oversees Iran's ballistic missile program, which is regarded as the largest in the region. Former IRGC officers hold key positions in Iran's political system, and the IRGC has extensive business interests worth billions of dollars.

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