Iran's Revolutionary Guard: The Threat That Grows While America Sleeps

Iran's Revolutionary Guard: The Threat That Grows While America Sleeps

by Steven O'hern


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Since the Iranian Revolution more than thirty years ago, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), also known as the Revolutionary Guard, has conducted covert and overt military operations, built an economic empire, and trained, financed, and guided terrorists to pursue one goal—the preservation and expansion of the Islamic revolution. Inside Iran the IRGC influences the country’s politics, economy, and foreign policy, and controls its nuclear program. Outside Iran the operations of the IRGC and its proxies, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Shiite militias in Iraq, have left a trail of death—from the 1983 truck bombings in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. peacekeepers and 58 French paratroopers to numerous attacks on U.S. (and allied) troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, no longer content to strike in Iraq and Afghanistan or at targets in the Middle East and south Asia, the IRGC and Hezbollah operate throughout North and South America, developing the capability to strike the continental United States and deliver a blow to America’s economy far worse than today’s financial crisis. In Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Steven O’Hern reveals new information about the IRGC and Hezbollah operations inside America based on interviews with former and active members of the FBI, CIA, local law enforcement, military intelligence, and even one former Revolutionary Guard officer. The author details how the IRGC has grown into such a dangerous foe and explains how its members’ activities have put the American economy and American lives at risk. His research suggests that the IRGC may be planning to explode, high above a Midwestern city, a nuclear weapon that would emit an electromagnetic pulse strong enough to render anything with a computer chip useless, including the hundreds of transformers that control the country’s electrical grid. One thing is certain, according to O’Hern: the Revolutionary Guard is a serious threat to the well-being of all U.S. citizens.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597977012
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

STEVEN O’HERN is a retired military counterintelligence officer, an Iraq War veteran, and an attorney. While serving in Iraq, Colonel O’Hern directed intelligence operations against the IRGC; that experience informed his first book, The Intelligence Wars: Lessons from Baghdad (Prometheus Books, 2008). He has taught at the Counter Threat Institute International, a California-based company that provides counterterrorism training to military personnel and law enforcement officers. He lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction xi

1 The Guard at Work 1

2 Born into Revolution, Raised at War 15

3 Exporting Revolution: The IRGC in the 1980s 43

4 The Revolutionary Guard Evolves 69

5 The Quds Force 85

6 The IRGC's Economic and Political Power 115

7 The Threat to the U.S. Homeland 133

8 Nukes: The Ultimate Weapon 163

9 Why Conflict with Iran May be Inevitable 185

10 The United States Can Prevail-But Only If It Wakes Up 199

Appendix: People 213

Glossary 219

Notes 225

Selected Bibliography 259

Index 263

About the Author 271

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