Hamid Ashraf

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Hamid Ashraf
Born (1946-12-31)December 31, 1946
Tehran
Died June 29, 1976(1976-06-29) (aged 29)
Nationality Iranian
Organization Organization of Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas

Hamid Ashraf (Persian: حمید اشرف‎; December 31, 1946 – June 29, 1976) was one of the original members and later the leader of the Organization of Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas (OIPFG) that waged a guerrilla warfare against the former Pahlavi regime in Iran from February 8, 1971 till February 11, 1979, the Shah's fall. Hamid Ashraf was instrumental in establishing and later expanding and leading the organization in its fight against the regime.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Hamid Ashraf was born in Tehran to an educated middle-class family. He was raised in Tehran and, for a few years, in Tabriz. He entered Tehran University, first as a physics major and the next year switched to engineering. He was already involved in politics as a member of a newly formed underground leftist organization. He was active in student movement as well as in sports, being the head of swimming team at the school of engineering at Tehran University, in part as a cover for his role in the group. He had just been introduced to Bijan Jazani by his friend Farrokh Negahdar in 1965. This was when Jazani-Zarifi group, a leftist circle preparing for waging a guerrilla warfare in Iran against the shah's regime, was establishing a new underground organization later to be combined with Ahmadzadeh-Pouyan group and to be known as the OIPFG.[2]

Armed Struggle[edit]

In 1968 the leadership of Jazani group was imprisoned before they had a chance to actually start an armed uprising. From that point on Ashraf played a key role in keeping the group together and preparing it for action. On February 8, 1971, the Mountain Team of the group under the command of Ali Akbar Safaei Farahani launched an attack against a gendarmerie station in Siahkal in Northern Iran. Soon after that first action, which practically started a new era of armed struggle against the Shah's regime, Hamid Ashraf went into hiding with a bounty on his head. For the next five years, under his leadership the OIPFG solidified its underground network and expanded its operations including high profile assassinations of some military and security officers. Because of his track record in avoiding ambushes and his long survival under intense persecution, he had become an "obsession" to the Shah.[1]

After a long and elaborated planning by the Shah's secret police SAVAK on June 29, 1976 the safe house where he and a number of members of the central committee of OIPFG were having a meeting was surrounded by hundreds of heavily armed agents backed by helicopters. Soon after midnight a four hour long gun battle started. Neither Ashraf nor any of and his comrades were captured alive. He was shot dead while on the roof seemingly trying to make his escape from the ambush. Following this incidence the OIPFG only managed to survive with minimal activities until the 1978-79 revolution took place. Two pamphlets written by Ashraf have been published: "A three-year Review", and "An analysis of one year experience of urban and mountain guerrilla warfare".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Milani, Abbas (2008). Eminent Persians: The Men and Women Who Made Modern Iran, 1941–1979. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-0907-0. 
  2. ^ "foreign language article". Retrieved 2011-02-26.  - please see Wikipedia:Verifiability#Non-English sources regarding the need to translate this source, otherwise it will be removed

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