Army general's censure of IRGC raises eyebrows in Iran

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A senior military commander has raised eyebrows in Iran after criticizing the influential Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).


Speaking in an interview with state-run television IRIB, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Iran's army was not getting the acknowledgement it deserves, with all efforts being put in promoting the IRGC.

Shortly after being published by Iran's official IRNA news agency, the interview was immediately taken down.

Sayyari said the Iranian army doesn't believe in "publicizing everything it does" as this would risk the country's national security.

"We are not a refrigerator company,” he said, with a hint of sarcasm.

"It is not required to tell the people, 'Look at me Sayyari, look how hard I work, look what I made, look how I go under the water'," he said, indirectly criticizing the IRGC's publicity wing.

The military commander also came down heavily on Iran's entertainment industry for projecting the army as lesser than the IRGC.

He cited a 2014 war drama on the life of Mustafa Chamran, Iran's first defense minister after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Sayyari said Chamran had been unfairly shown as a clumsy man in the movie. "I cried from the beginning to the end (of the movie)," he said.



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Army general's censure of IRGC raises eyebrows in Iran

2020/06/1591102191.jpg
Read: 567     17:31     02 June 2020    

A senior military commander has raised eyebrows in Iran after criticizing the influential Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).


Speaking in an interview with state-run television IRIB, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Iran's army was not getting the acknowledgement it deserves, with all efforts being put in promoting the IRGC.

Shortly after being published by Iran's official IRNA news agency, the interview was immediately taken down.

Sayyari said the Iranian army doesn't believe in "publicizing everything it does" as this would risk the country's national security.

"We are not a refrigerator company,” he said, with a hint of sarcasm.

"It is not required to tell the people, 'Look at me Sayyari, look how hard I work, look what I made, look how I go under the water'," he said, indirectly criticizing the IRGC's publicity wing.

The military commander also came down heavily on Iran's entertainment industry for projecting the army as lesser than the IRGC.

He cited a 2014 war drama on the life of Mustafa Chamran, Iran's first defense minister after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Sayyari said Chamran had been unfairly shown as a clumsy man in the movie. "I cried from the beginning to the end (of the movie)," he said.



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