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Security expert speculates on split-up among Iran Revolutionary Guards’ leaders

Behnam Ben Taleblu
17th August 2018 - Quoted by- Al Arabiya

Senior leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are likely to split up and leave the country secretly, according to American expert Michael Pregent, a senior fellow in Hudson Institute.

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"For his part, Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who participated in the panel, said to “Voice of America” that: “Iran’s budget is declining, and the ability of the Iranian government to pay for its security forces is shrinking,” Targeting an important part of the Iranian economy, the question now is: Will the regime rely on its security forces to defend itself against the growing protests? “

“This is a hypothetical question, but when severe sanctions are imposed in November 2018 and target Iran’s revenues in 2019, this question will be a practical and experimental matter,” he said.

Ben Taleblu also suggested that the US administration expand its sanctions against Iranian security forces to include the interior minister and Revolutionary Guards commanders responsible for cracking down on protests in Iranian provinces."

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