Iran’s invasion of the Middle East will likely involve a million or more of its troops. The bulk of those troops will likely be the Basij. Every now and then we are reminded of the Basij volunteers.
They were the Iranian teenagers running over Iraqi front lines – wave after wave of hundreds of thousands of them. They are today the morality police in Iran. They are the volunteer arm of the IRGC.
Every now and then we are told the number that can be fielded: 1.5 million, 7 million, 13 million. Back in the Iran-Iraq War it was estimated at about 2 million.
From MEMRI this past month we are now told its 9 million:
“Despite all the enemy media and cultural propaganda against us, if America wants to try its luck against us, [it should know that] we are completely capable of mobilizing nine million fighters [against it]… on the [battle]front in under 10 days.”
Mohsen Rafighdoost, former Minister of the IRGC, September 25, 2016
Those 9 million are none other than the Basij, educated in IRGC ideology, ready to go when the Second Signpost begins.