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During several elections in Iran I took the political temperature in Mahallati, a housing estate for Revolutionary Guard in northeast Tehran.Ghalibaf was not the only former Guard running for president, or least he wasn't until Mohsen Rezaei, who commanded the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) from 1981 to 1997, withdrew two days before polling. And Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who won the election, had served during the 1980-1988 Iraq war as an engineer in the Basij militia linked to the IRGC.No one doubts the IRGC expanded under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when affiliated companies won contracts including a $1.3 billion a gas pipeline from the Persian Gulf to the Pakistan border, exploration for phases 15 and 16 of the South Pars gas field, and a $1.2 billion line for the Tehran metro.This is just one reason why Rouhani is trying to trim the IRGC's wings.Attesting to the range of views in the IRGC, Shamkhani, an ethnic Arab from southwest Iran, was defense minister under the reformist President Mohammad Khatami, at a time when Khatami helped secure Rezaei's removal as IRGC commander.
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