By: Mir M.Hosseini
The Iranian prime minister Vosooghoddoleh officially recognized the British SPR which special armed forces founded by the British. These forces were given the task of operating in the British Sphere in Southern Iran. The presence and operation of such forces inside of Iranian soil actually constituted a certain threat to Iran's sovereignty. However, Iran had been divided by the imperial British and Russia into two spheres of influence and the Qajar royal family were kept pacified by drugs and women.
Also known as the Southern police of Iran, SPR was under the order of British officers and its expenses were paid by Iran. SPR was headed by General Percy Sykes. In the meantime, there were active British troops in northern Iran called the NPR headed by General Dunsterville. There were also the East Persia Cordon troops in the province of Sistan whose men were Indians.
The SPR lingered on until the coup d'état of Reza Khan in 1921 when it was disbanded and merged with the regular army.