|Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics|
3 September 2009
|Preceded by||Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar|
|Deputy Minister of Defence|
9 August 2005 – 9 August 2009
|Preceded by||Ali Reza Asghari|
|Succeeded by||Asadollah Emami|
|Born||1958 (age 54–55)
|Service/branch||Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution|
|Years of service||1980–?|
Ahmad Vahidi (Persian: احمد وحیدی, born 1958) is an Iranian politician and former commander of the Revolutionary Guards. He is the current minister of defense of Iran, having held the post since 3 September 2009.
Early life and education 
Vahidi was born in 1958 in Shiraz. In 1980, he joined the Quds Force, a unit of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution that responsible for operations outside of Iran. His real name is Ahmad Shah Cheraghi (his nickname is Vahid). He received a PhD in strategic studies from Imam Sadegh University.
Political career 
Vahidi was appointed deputy minister of defense in 2005 after Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar became minister of defense. He was in office until 2009. In August 2009, he was appointed minister of defense by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and on 3 September 2009, the Majlis endorsed Vahidi as minister of defense with vote of 227 of 286. He received 79.3% of the votes of the members of the parliament.
Vahidi is wanted by Interpol for his alleged participation in the bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 18 July 1994, in which 85 people died. Vahidi was serving as the commander of a special unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard known as the Quds Force when the attack occurred. He is one of five Iranians sought in the bombing. Iran denies that it was involved.
In June 2010, Vahidi was blacklisted by the U.S Government, a measure which is aimed at freezing the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their supporters thereby isolating them from the U.S. financial and commercial systems.
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