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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.
William 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.
M. 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 William Garrison, 30 August 2019

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

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

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

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

Command of the General Provost & Military Police

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps image located by William Garrison, 14 October 2023

A blue-field flag of the Iran "Command of the General Provost & Military Police" (English translation of the Farsi slogan at the bottom line), a subdivision of the "Joint Staff of the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps" (IRGC); c. 2021.
William Garrison, 14 October 2023

Armored Units
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Armored Units image located by William Garrison, 1 October 2020

This flag for the "Armored units" of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is similar to the main, blue IRGC flag, but this has an obvious "tank" design incorporated into the IRGC logo upon a green background. The IRGC military system (offensive) while similar is separate from the ARTESH military system (defensive).
William Garrison, 1 October 2020


Pasdaran military, Mahdi

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

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
William Garrison, 22 February 2009


Basij

Basij image by William 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.
William Garrison, 13 September 2019


Basiji military, Mahdi

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


Basij Sazandegi - Revolutionary Guard

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


Basij militia, c. 2009

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


Basij militia, c. 2015

Basij militia, c. 2019 image located by William 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. ©IRNA
William Garrison, 5 October 2019


Basij militia, c. 2018

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


Basij school militia-training

Pishgaman  Puyandegan images located by William 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.
William Garrison, 30 September 2019

Basij Students' flag image located by William Garrison, 8 December 2023

The "Basij" militia of Iran are comprised of both high-school and college students. Here is a yellow variety of their "Basij" school flag; c. 1 Dec. 2023.
Source: https://www.memri.org
William Garrison, 8 December 2023


Basij Students' Office at the University of Science and Technology

Basij Students' Office image by William Garrison, 3 June 2023

Source: https://www.memri.org/reports/irgc-aerospace-force-commander-general-amir-ali-hajizadeh-america-behind-all-wars-region
The white-field flag of the "Basij Students' Office" at the Iranian "University of Science and Technology" (which has multiple campuses); c. May 2023.
William Garrison, 3 June 2023

Basij Students' Office image by William Garrison, 3 June 2023


Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters

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

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


Muhammad Rasul Allah Corps

Muhammad Rasul Allah Corps image located by William Garrison, 9 October 2020

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Muhammad_Rasul_Allah_Corps_of_IRGC
William Garrison, 1 October 2020


Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force

Muhammad Rasul Allah Corps image located by Esteban Rivera, 27 November 2023
based on photo
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force or Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Air and Space Force, NEHSA, is the strategic missile, air, and space force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran. It was renamed from the IRGC Air Force into the IRGC Aerospace Force in 2009."
Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_Revolutionary_Guard_Corps_Aerospace_Force

Flag with blue outer stripe

Muhammad Rasul Allah Corps image located by Esteban Rivera, 27 November 2023
based on photo
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/


The Quds Force

Quds Force image by William 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.
William Garrison, 14 September 2019

Quds Force image by Pete Loeser, 25 May 2022
based on photo located by William Garrison, 14 September 2019

The Quds Force (نیروی قدس), is a branch of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It is considered the elite clandestine wing of the Guard and specialize in unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations primarily in foreign countries. It is sometimes referred to as the Qods Force, or Jerusalem Force. It was organized shortly after the Iranian Revolution (1978-79), and its activities have centered around organizing, supporting, and sometimes leading local forces abroad.
It has been active throughout many countries in the Middle East, including Hezbollah, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Yemeni Houthis, and Shia militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.
Reportedly the Quds Force reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei. The U.S. Secretary of State designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Quds Force as a Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) in 2019 based on their “...continued support to and engagement in terrorist activity around the world.”
Pete Loeser, 25 May 2022

Soleimani Memorial flags

Quds Force image located by William Garrison, 7 October 2021

From https://time.com/5937567/iran-revolutionary-guard-ideology/
An Iranian boy holds a blue-field flag with a white-colored portrait of the former Iranian commander of the "Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force": General Qasem Soleimani, during a rally in Tehran to commemorate the 42nd Victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, on Feb. 10, 2021.
Morteza Nikoubazl-NurPhoto via Getty Images
William Garrison, 7 October 2021

Basij image located by William Garrison, 25 September 2023

From https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo: a light-orange/yellowish colored flag with a black-ink portrait of Major General Qasem Soleimani (and probably a slogan with his name in Farsi), the IRGC's (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) "Quds Force" former commander, as paraded at a pro-government rally in southern Tehran, Iran; c. December 29, 2022.
William Garrison, 25 September 2023

Basij image located by William Garrison, 25 September 2023

A Shia/Shiite-Muslim memorial flag showing conjoined Iran-Iraq flags with images of Iran. Gen. Qasem Soleimani (IRGC's "Quds Force" commander) and Iraq "Popular Mobilization Forces" (PMF) deputy commander al-Muhandis, both of whom were killed in a U.S. drone attack early on 3 January 2020 near Baghdad. Al-Muhandis' real name was "Jamal Ja'far Muhammad Ali Al Ibrahim" but popularly known by his nickname ("kunya") Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis ("the Engineer') and regarded as one of Iraq's most powerful men. This conjoined flag has a black mourning border except at the right-side hoist where there appears to be a flag-pole sleeve. One realizes that this is a Shia/Shiite-Muslim flag as the Shiite martyr's name of "al-Hussain" is printed in yellow on the green stripe at the top of the Iranian flag, and "Our Life" in yellow in the top red stripe of the Iraqi flag [which also has the green slogan "Allah Akbar" meaning "Allah is the greatest (god)"] on its middle white stripe. Soleimani is standing behind and slightly above Muhandis. Al-Hussain was a Shia martyr who was killed at the "Battle of Karbala" in Iraq in 680 CE.
Source: https://www.ebay.com
William Garrison, 25 September 2023

Basij: "Khomeini's Blood Veins"

Basij image located by William Garrison, 5 July 2022

Source: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/an-iranian-basiji-university-student-waves-a-yellow-flag-news-photo/1241073376?adppopup=true
An Iranian Basiji university student waves a yellow flag with a portrait of the former Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, General Qasem Soleimani during a rally to mark...

Caption: Not really an IRGC military-unit flag, but a flag brandished about by the IRGC's student "Basij" movement; A yellow-field flag with black-ink images of 5 Iranian personalities loosely related with the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps). Left-to-right:
1: Imad Fayez Mughniyeh (Lebanon Hezbollah).
2: IRGC Maj.Gen. Husayn Hamadani (looks like Mohsen Fakhirizadeh, but not because of the uniform).
3: Lt.Gen. Qasem Suleimani (with his popular scowling mouth), commander of the IRGC's "Quds Force".
4: filmmaker Morteza Avini (has his trademark aviator glasses, and the white streaks in the hair and beard).
5: probably Shaykh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a Shiite-Muslim imam killed by the Sunni-Muslim government of Saudi Arabia (The salt and pepper beard and the white turban seem to track).
This yellow flag carried at a rally to mark the thirty-third death anniversary of the Founder of the Islamic Republic: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini; in front of the main gate of the University of Tehran on June 3, 2022. One slogan in English reads: "Khomeini's Blood Is In Our Veins", and below it that same slogan is probably repeated in Farsi/Persian. (Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images

[original news caption: ... An Iranian Basiji (Member of Basij Paramilitary force) university student waves a yellow flag with a portrait of the former Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, General Qasem Soleimani (C) during a rally to mark the thirty-third death anniversary of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in front of the main gate of the University of Tehran on June 3, 2022. (Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images)]
William Garrison, 5 July 2022

Religious green triangle flag image located by William Garrison, 22 January 2024

A commemorative flag memorializing the 3 Jan. 2020 U.S. air-drone killing of Iranian "Maj.Gen. Qassem Soleimani" (commander: IRGC Quds Force), as seen being paraded near the "Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque" in downtown Tehran on Jan. 3, 2024. The white Farsi slogan is an alleged quotation from Soleimani that reads: "I never wanted to pick up a weapon", and a portrait of him is on the right side. A hidden flag-pole sleeve is at the right (hoist) side.

Source: https://www.gettyimages.com
William Garrison, 22 January 2024


Religious green triangle flag

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