Khamenei appoints new chief commander for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - state TV

Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, speaks during Tehran’s Friday prayers July 16, 2010. (File photo/Reuters)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Khamenei appoints new chief commander for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - state TV

  • President Donald Trump on April 8 designated the Guards a terrorist organization
  • Channel announced appointment of Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami to the position

DUBAI: Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the chief commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, state TV reported on Sunday, days after the United States designated the group a foreign terrorist organization.
The TV station did not give a reason for the change when it announced the appointment of Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami to the position.
“The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari,” it said. Jafari had held the post since September 2007.
President Donald Trump on April 8 designated the Guards a terrorist organization, in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on US forces. The designation took effect on April 15.
The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is in charge of Iran’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs. Tehran has warned that it has missiles with a range of up to 2,000 km (1,242 miles), putting Israel and US military bases in the region within reach.


US Navy searching for missing sailor in Arabian Sea

Updated 31 min 47 sec ago
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US Navy searching for missing sailor in Arabian Sea

DUBAI: The US navy and other ships are conducting search and rescue operations for a missing US sailor in the Arabian Sea, the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet said
"The Sailor has been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) after a reported man overboard incident onboard Abraham Lincoln while operating in the Arabian Sea, July 17," a statement from the US Fifth Fleet said, without giving the sailor's name.