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Iran Basij Marks 25 Years

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Iran Basij Marks 25 Years

Iran Basij Marks 25 Years

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Last month Iran celebrated the 25th anniversary the Basij, a volunteer militia established by revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Today the Basij, who enforce the country's strict Islamic codes, are loved and loathed by different sectors of Iranian society. NPR's Ivan Watson reports.