March 28, 2023

Intensifying Sanctions Will Undermine the Islamic Republic and Weaken the IRGC

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by Farhad Rezaei, Senior Research Fellow

A confidential IRGC document suggests that loyalty within the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) might be faltering due to recent protests.

The document also hints at the possibility of worn-out Quds Force members, who have been engaging with Israeli forces at the Golan Heights, sharing sensitive information with Israel.

According to the leaked document, financial hardships faced by the Iranian regime could be contributing to the waning loyalty and disobedience observed among IRGC personnel. This development raises the possibility that further sanctions on the Islamic Republic might have a positive impact by weakening the Quds Force, ultimately affecting their ability to carry out military operations against Israel.

The leaked document that was published by Iran Wire includes statements from 45 top IRGC commanders during a meeting with the Islamic Republic Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on January 3rd and exposes significant apprehensions regarding diminished loyalty and disobedience within the Revolutionary Guards due to financial challenges and losing faith in the regime’s ideology.