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The armed forces comprise the Revolutionary Guard and the regular forces. The two bodies are under a joint general command. All leading army and Revolutionary Guard commanders are appointed by the Supreme Leader and are answerable only to him. The Revolutionary Guard was formed after the revolution to protect the new leaders and institutions and to fight those opposing the revolution. The Revolutionary Guard has a powerful presence in other institutions, and controls volunteer militias with branches in every town.

All key army leaders are appointed by the Supreme Leader


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