Thursday, June 19, 2008
IRGC remembers Mostafa Chamran
Sepah News, the daily news organ of the IRGC, remembers revolutionary militant Mostafa Chamran on the anniversary of his death. Chamran was an early leader in the reformulated armed forces of the Islamic Republic and died fighting on the front lines in the Iraq war on 21 June 1981. He was a central figure in the establishment and early direction of the Revolutionary Guards, led IRGC operations in the Kurdistan province, and briefly served as a Majles (parliament) member and the Minister of Defense.
Through his extensive ties with Shiites in Southern Lebanon, particularly with the Amal organization, Chamran helped the IRGC develop its early influence in that country which eventually led to the establishment of Hizballah.
Although Chamran was a vocal proponent of the internationalist (or revolutionary expansionist) faction, a position then at odds with Khomeini, he (like his comrade and fellow martyr Mohammad Montazeri) is revered in Iran as a martyr of the Iran-Iraq war and a revolutionary hero.