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NCRI - The Iranian regime's new defense minister nominated by Hassan Rouhani is one of the founders of the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group, regime websites have revealed.
The latest details of Hossein Dehghan's murky past come after reports he was also a former terrorist student who stormed the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979, taking 53 American diplomats hostage.
Now the regime's news sites have told how Dehghan was a founder member of the Revolutionary Guards, and an IRGC commander in Tehran until 1982 when he played an active role in suppression of the opposition.
He was then appointed as the commander of the IRGC force in Syria before establishing the IRGC training garrison near Lebanese border to train the regime's Lebanese agents.
He later entered Lebanon to set up the 'Abol-Fazl Abbas Garrison' in the Nabi-Shit region of Bekaa Valley and organized Hezbollah forces.
According regime websites, Dehghan had close relationship with Hezbollah leaders including Seyed Abbas Moussavi, the former Hezbollah chief killed in 1992, and Seyed Hassan Nasrallah, the group's current leader.
Dehghan, born in 1957 in Shahreza, central Iran, has maintained his relationship with Hezbollah, who have also released photos of him in Lebanon alongside Moussavi.
The new minister in Hassan Rouhani's cabinet was also among the 'Line of Imam' extremists who held the hostages captive for 444 days until their release in January 1981.
Details of Dehghan's role in the US hostage crisis has been referred to on various websites of the clerical regime, including shakhsiatnegar.com and the 'Muslim Students followers of Line of Imam' site. However this information has been omitted from his official biography provided to the press following his nomination.
Iran News in Brief - 18 April 2015