Guards Corps' Qods Force Commander quits

Ahmad Vahidi, one of the founders of the Revolutionary Guards Corps and commander of the Qods Force, the extraterritorial organ of the Guards Corps for terrorist operations, has quit, reports from Iran say.

Vahidi follows Mohsen Reza'ii, the Guards Corps Commander in Chief, and many other commanders who have quit in recent months.

Vahidi has been assigned to the Council for the Discernment of the State Exigencies, in the office of Mohsen Reza'ii. Qassem Soleimani, one of the most active commanders of the Guards Corps in export of terrorism to Iraq, Lebanon and other countries in the region, has replaced Vahidi as the Qods Force commander.

Vahidi was a key commander in charge of repression and export of terrorism. His departure marks a growing trend of resignations within the Guards Corps and bespeaks of the disillusionment and frustration of the highest and most loyal forces of the mullahs' regime. In step with the unbridled escalation of feuding within the regime, these developments are reminiscent of the flight of the shah's generals in the final stage of the monarchic dictatorship.

Ahmad Vahidi had played a significant role in the founding and organization of the Guards Corps since 1979. He established the Guards Corps' military intelligence organ, the Lebanon Corps and the Ramazan Garrison, which is in charge of carrying out special operations in Iraq. Having the same rank as Mohsen Reza'ii, the former Guards CIC, Rahim Safavi, the current CIC, and Ali Shamkhani, the Defense Minister, in the past 18 years, Vahidi was directly involved in all the crimes of this regime.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 9, 1998

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