Ataollah Salehi

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Ataollah Salehi
Ataollah Salehi.jpg
General Salehi in 2016
Native name سید عطاءالله صالحی
Birth name Seyyed Ataollah Salehi
Born (1950-03-09) March 9, 1950 (age 67)
Rudsar, Gilan, Iran
Allegiance Iran Iran
Service/branch IRI.Army Ground Force Seal.svg Ground Forces (1968−2005)
Seal of the Joint Staff of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army.svg Joint Staff (2005−)
Years of service 1968–present
Rank Sarlashgar.png Major General
Commands held Commander-in-chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army
Com. Imam Ali University
Com. 58th Takavar Division
Com. 77th Infantry Division
Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War
Iran-PJAK conflict

Ataollah Salehi (Persian: عطاءالله صالحی‎‎; born 9 March 1950) is the current and third commander-in-chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army since 2005.[1][2] He graduated before the Islamic Revolution from the Iranian Army's military academy in 1971 with the rank of Artillery Second Lieutenant of the Army's Ground Forces.

He has the direct operational command authority over the commanders of Iranian Army's Ground Forces, Air Force, Navy and Air Defense Base.

As head of Iran's regular military he is a member of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.


The enemy has gone insane and given the insane enemy's history, we should always be prepared.[3]

The Iranian nation will observe that we will manufacture the largest destroyer and the most advanced submarines in the region. Mass production of fighter jets, the samples of which were unveiled last year (2008), and plans to manufacture vessels and submarines will be on our agenda in the new (Iranian) year (started 20 March).[4][5]

Israel can never make its threat operational.[6]


  1. ^ "Commander: Iran Mulling Military Buildup in High Seas". Fars News. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Signs of the Times". Sott. 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Iran tests new weapons to prepare for 'insane enemy'". 2006-08-20. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  4. ^ "No Operation". Presstv. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Iran to Manufacture Giant Destroyer, Advanced Submarines". Payvand. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Israel can never make its threat operational". Retrieved 2013-02-17. [dead link]

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Preceded by
Mohammad Salimi
Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army
Succeeded by