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Pasdaran - Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, Iran

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[Iran Revolutionary Guards] image by Zoltan Horvath, 1 December 2014


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About the flag

An Iran "Pasdaran" (or Iran Revolutionary Guards) flag. It is the similar to Iran Army (Basij) flag. The difference between these 2 flags is that the Basij flag includes the wording of "NIROUYE MOGHAVEMATE BASIJ-E SEPAHE PASDARAN" at the bottom of the Pasdaran emblem. That makes the flag special for the Basij as the Basijis work under supervision of the Pasdaran.
Bill Garrison, 31 August 2006

The Pasdaran (Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps) are a parallel military outside the regular armed forces. The Basij is a paramilitary force (militia-like) under the command of the Pasdaran. For more information see see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Revolutionary_Guards_Corps.
Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 17 September 2006

The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Persian: سپاه پاسداران انقلاب اسلامی ‎ / Sepāh-e Pāsdārān-e Enqelāb-e Eslāmi), often called Revolutionary Guards, is a branch of Iran's military, founded after the Iranian revolution on 5 May 1979. Whereas the regular military (artesh) defends Iran's borders and maintains internal order, according to the Iranian constitution, the Revolutionary Guard (pasdaran) is intended to protect the country's Islamic system. The Revolutionary Guards state that their role in protecting the Islamic system is preventing foreign interference as well as coups by the military or "deviant movements". The Revolutionary Guards have roughly 125,000 military personnel including ground, aerospace and naval forces. Its naval forces are now the primary forces tasked with operational control of the Persian Gulf.

It flag is blue with yellow emblem. Image of flag: http://www.digarban.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/internal_images_615maxwidth/images/5/139302101203438972643644.jpg
Zoltan Horvath, 1 December 2014


Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Ceremonial flag
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps image located by Bill Garrison, 30 August 2019

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps image located by Bill Garrison, 12 September 2019

"Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enqelab-e Eslami = "Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps" (IRGC)
Bill Garrison, 12 September 2019

Plain flag
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps image located by Bill Garrison, 12 September 2019

"Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enqelab-e Eslami = "Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps" (IRGC)
Bill Garrison, 12 September 2019


Pasdaran military, Mahdi

[Iran Revolutionary Guards] image by Eugene Ipavec, 6 March 2009

This flag welcomes the return of the Shia Muslim's "Hidden Imam", the Mahdi. IRAN Pasdaran Basij Islam Shia Military YA MAHDI Flag.
Based on: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180325092504&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:US:1123
Bill Garrison, 22 February 2009


Basij

Basij image by Bill Garrison, 13 September 2019

"Basij" or "Sāzmān-e Basij-e Mostaz'afin" = "Mobilization Resistance Force" (a sub-unit of the IRGC)
Looks similar to the IRGC flag, but "Sāzmān-e Basij-e Mostaz'afin" is the bottom line on this flag.
Bill Garrison, 13 September 2019


Basiji military, Mahdi

[Iran Revolutionary Guards] image located by Bill Garrison, 22 February 2009

IRAN Pasdaran Basij Islam Shia Military YA MAHDI Flag
Source: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180325095103&ssPageName=ADME:B:EF:US:1123
Bill Garrison, 22 February 2009


Basij Sazandegi - Revolutionary Guard

[Iran Revolutionary Guards] image located by Bill Garrison, 20 December 2016

On http://www.basij.ir/parameters/basij/modules/cdk/upload/content/news/13476/sazanegi.jpg (archived here) is a picture of a blue flag with the logo shown here, as the flag of the Iranian Basij Sazandegi.
Bill Garrison, 20 December 2016


Basij militia, c. 2009

Basij militia, c. 2009 image located by Bill Garrison, 28 September 2019

ca. Nov. 26, 2009 street demonstration in Tehran celebrating 30th Anniversary the founding of the Basij militia. [From 1979 Iran revolution overthrowing Shah.] Flag contains red, stylized "Allah" inside white circle on green flag. Sadly, cannot read yellow slogan on flag.
source: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2009/11/30/Dissidents-infiltrated-Basij-Iran-claims/21741259597144/
Bill Garrison, 28 September 2019


Basij militia, c. 2015

Basij militia, c. 2019 image located by Bill Garrison, 5 October 2019

Flag, Iran, Basij militia, unknown use c. 2015
source: https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/11/20/438441/Iran-IRGC-Jafari-Paris-drill-Qom-Basij

Caption; Iran's volunteer forces, Basij, are holding the second day of major military drills on November 20, 2015 on the outskirts of the central city of Qom. ŠIRNA
Bill Garrison, 5 October 2019


Basij militia, c. 2018

Basij militia, c. 2018 image located by Bill Garrison, 28 September 2019

Great Conference of Basij members at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azadi_stadium (Tehran, Iran), 4 October 2018, carrying green, red, & yellow flags. The green flag pertains to "Al Quds" (iJerusalem).
source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Iranian_Women_at_the_Great_Conference_of_Basij_members_at_Azadi_stadium_October_2018_03.jpg 
Bill Garrison, 28 September 2019


Basij school militia-training

Pishgaman  Puyandegan images located by Bill Garrison, 30 September 2019

Flag, Iran, Basij school militia-training, 2 varieties: blue/Pishgaman & red/Puyandegan

In the mid-1990s the Iranian government began militia training for middle and high-school students. These students were being trained to serve after high school in the national Basij militia (which supervised the student's training). The middle-school students (12-14 year olds) served in the "Dynamic Resistance" (Pooyandegan" or "Puyandegan") units with the red flag ("Puyandegan" is on the bottom line). The high-school students (15-18 year olds) served in the "Pioneer Resistance" ("Pishgaman") units with the blue flag ("Pishgaman" is on the bottom line). Collectively, these students served in the "Scouts Forces" of the Basij. On the left-side of both flags is a logo with an ink-pen atop a book, with tulips symbolizing the martyrs of Iran.
Bill Garrison, 30 September 2019


Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters

Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters image by Bill Garrison, 14 September 2019

"Qarargah-e Sazandagiye Khatam al-Anbiya" = "Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters" [IRGC sub-unit]
Bill Garrison, 14 September 2019


The Quds Force

Quds Force image by Bill Garrison, 14 September 2019

"Sepah-e Quds" = "The Quds Force" [a sub-unit of the IRGC].
"Sepah-e Quds" in the bottom line of this gold-blue flag.
Bill Garrison, 14 September 2019

Quds Force image by Bill Garrison, 14 September 2019

"Sepah-e Quds" = "The Quds Force" [a sub-unit of the IRGC].
"Sepah-e Quds" in the bottom line of this blue-white flag.
Bill Garrison, 14 September 2019


Religious green triangle flag

Religious green triangle flag image located by Bill Garrison, 14 November 2019

This green flag has a Pasdaran militia patch logo.
source: https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/victorious-iranian-revolutionary-guards-burn-a-us-flag-in-news-photo/103232305?adppopup=true

Caption: "Iranians Capture Al-Fao. Victorious Iranian Revolutionary Guards burn a US flag in Al-Fao Peninsula, Iraq, 15th February 1986. Smoke rises over the Iraqi oil installations burning behind. The Iranians launched a surprise attack against the Iraqi troops defending al-Fao. The Iraqi units in charge of the defences consisted mostly of poorly-trained Iraqi Popular Army conscripts who collapsed when they were suddenly attacked by the Iranian Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guard) forces. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)" c. Feb. 1986

Of particular interest is that in the bottom-left corner side of middle green flag it has an Iranian Pasdaran militia logo. I believe it was printed on the flag when the flag was originally made, as the Pasdaran-logo image is in black-and-white which matches the overall white-black border frame on the flag. Also, I have never seen a black-white Pasdaran patch by itself.
Bill Garrison, 14 November 2019