Mil Mi-171E of the Red Crescent Air Rescue in 2009.
Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Persian: جمعیت هلال احمر جمهوری اسلامی ایران) is a relief, rescue, and medical aid organisation in Iran. It was formed in 1923 as the name of Red Lion and Sun Society of Iran. It was changed to the Red Crescent society after the Islamic Revolution and has its headquarters in Tehran.
The November 2010 release of American diplomatic cables revealed allegations that the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran is actively controlled by the government and are involved in illicit arms smuggling and intelligence gathering on behalf of Iran.