The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Persian: نيروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ايران) include the IRIA (Persian: ارتش جمهوری اسلامی ایران) and the IRGC (Persian: سپاه پاسداران انقلاب اسلامی) and the Police Force  (Persian: نيروی انتظامی جمهوری اسلامی ایران).
These forces total about 545,000 active personnel (not including the Police Force and the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution). All branches of armed forces fall under the command of General Headquarters of Armed Forces (ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح). The Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics is responsible for planning logistics and funding of the armed forces and is not involved in in-the-field military operational command.
Iran’s military was called the Middle East’s most powerful by General John Abizaid chief of United States Central Command (U.S. forces’ commander in the region). However General Abizaid said he did not include the Israel Defense Forces as they did not fall into his area of operations.
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