FILE - A picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, shows Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) arriving at a graduation ceremony of the Revolutionary Guard's officers, as the deputy commander of the Revo
FILE - A picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, shows Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) arriving at a graduation ceremony of the Revolutionary Guard's officers, as the deputy commander of the Revo

TEHRAN - Iran's supreme leader has appointed a new head to the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, just after the U.S. designated the paramilitary force a terrorist group.
 
State-run Iranian media gave no reason for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's decision to replace the Guard's commander.
 
Taking over will be Gen. Hossein Salami, a 59-year-old who had been serving as a deputy commander in the Guard.
 
He replaces Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, who had been in charge of the Guard for over 11 years.
 
The Revolutionary Guard is a separate force from Iran's standing military. It also oversees the country's ballistic missile program and runs its own intelligence operations.
 
Earlier this month, the Trump administration designated the Guard a terrorist organization. Iran responded by designating the U.S. military's Central Command as a terrorist organization.

 

 

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