Agitated elements within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) tried to target Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s residence with artillery at least once since the start of Iran’s recent protests, as frustration grows within the armed forces over the situation, IranWire can reveal.
And during a January 3 meeting with the Supreme Leader, commanders within the Revolutionary Guards expressed their frustration over the ongoing protests and warned Khamenei about the Islamic Republic’s future.
IranWire has obtained a confidential report detailing the meeting, called to mark the third anniversary of the killing of Qassem Suleimani, the late commander of the IRGC’s expeditionary Quds Force.
During the meeting, held fourth months after the start of the protests sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, senior IRGC commanders gave Khamenei a concerned assessment of Iran’s security situation. Fifty-eight commanders and security officials were present and all but 13 gave speeches over the course of four hours.
Some commanders confirmed that most of the forces under their command refused to stand against the Iranian people and had rejected orders to shoot at civilians.