Imam Hussein University (IHU)

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Last Updated: December 1, 2010
Other Name: N/A
Location: Tehran
Subordinate To: Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps
Size: Large university campus
Facility Status: Operational

Imam Hussein University (IHU) is a public university in Tehran under the authority of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The IRGC uses the university for personnel recruiting and training. [1] The IAEA suspects IHU to be involved in WMD and missile development, including the testing of nuclear warhead triggers and illicit procurement of sensitive materials. [2] According to information provided by the exiled dissident group The National Council of Resistance of Iran, the IHU is conducting research and development on missile warheads for biological and chemical weapons. [3] The IHU is located in close proximity to the missile plant of the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group. The IHU is one of five Iranian universities offering advanced degrees in aerospace engineering.

[1] Alireza Jafarzadeh, The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), p. 146.
[2] Joby Warrick, "UN Alleges Nuclear Work by Iran's Civilian Scientists," The Washington Post, 11 March 2008,; Damien McElroy, "Iran Accused of Testing Nuclear Bomb Triggers," Telegraph, 14 December 2009,
[3] "National Council of Resistance of Iran Press Briefing," United States Federal News Service, 15 May 2003.

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