In Iran, new Bassij unit set up to control cyberspace

The Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is using 1,500 of its paramilitary Bassij forces to control Internet use in Tehran.

According to the IRGC’s commander in Tehran, Hossein Hamedani, the group will be named “cyber warriors.” He added that they will increase their activities in the near future.

According to reports, the clerical regime has faced a multitude of severe roadblocks in its attempts to confront the activities of Iranian youths over the Internet.

The IRGC’s commander in Tehran said, “Defense in the context of soft war is doomed to fail. So, one must attack instead.”

He also revealed that the regime intends to set up a new division of Bassij to control religious minorities. The new group will be called “Bassij of Minorities.”

At the same time, mullah Naser Makarem Shirazi has expressed worries about low morale among Bassij units, saying, “We must be aware of the damages to Bassij. Otherwise, the current Bassij will be different from the one in the past.”

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