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Iran military unit backs president-elect

Iran’s hard-line Revolutionary Guards pledged their loyalty Tuesday to the country’s ultraconservative president-elect, who called for an end to accusations that he took Americans hostage and killed a Kurdish opposition leader. The guards’ welcome of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in stark contrast to their threat four years ago to attack supporters of outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami if they threatened Iran’s Islamic regime. The show of support from the nation’s most powerful military force came as the president-elect persisted in rejecting claims that he was among radical Iranian students who held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days during the U.S. Embassy takeover in 1979. Full Story

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