General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Persian: ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران
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Incumbent
Major general Mohammad Bagheri

since 28 June 2016
Armed Forces of Iran
TypeChief of the General Staff
StatusActive
Reports toMilitary office of the Supreme Leader[1]
AppointerSupreme Leader of Iran
Term lengthNo fixed length
FormationJune 1988
First holderMir-Hossein Mousavi
DeputyBrigadier general Mohammadreza Gharaei Ashtiani

General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Persian: ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران‎) is the most senior military body in Iran, with an aim to implement policy, monitor and coordinate activities within the Armed Forces.[2]

Iran's two existing separate militaries, the Islamic Republic of Iran Army (Arteš) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Sepāh) are formally subordinate to the general staff; as well as Iran's sole national police force, the Law Enforcement Force.[2]

The organization was set up in 1989 in order to enhance cooperation and counterbalance the rivalry between the armed forces and is directly decreed by Supreme Leader of Iran, while the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics, responsible for planning, logistics and funding of the armed forces is part of the executive branch under President of Iran.[2]

List of Chiefs[edit]

No. Chief Took office Left office Defence branch Deputies
1
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Mousavi, Mir-HosseinMir-Hossein Mousavi
(born 1942)
June 198826 September 19890–1 yearsnoneHassan Firouzabadi
2
Hassan Firouzabadi
Firouzabadi, HassanMajor general
Hassan Firouzabadi
(born 1951)
26 September 198928 June 201626 years, 276 days
Basij
Mohammad Forouzandeh
Ali Sayad Shirazi
Gholam Ali Rashid
3
Mohammad Bagheri
Bagheri, MohammadMajor general
Mohammad Bagheri
(born c. 1960)
28 June 2016Incumbent3 years, 211 daysSeal of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.svg
IRGC
Abdolrahim Mousavi
Ataollah Salehi
Mohammadreza Gharaei Ashtiani

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ron E. Hassner, ed. (2013), Religion in the Military Worldwide, Cambridge University Press, p. 153, ISBN 1107512557
  2. ^ a b c Forozan, Hesam (2015), The Military in Post-Revolutionary Iran: The Evolution and Roles of the Revolutionary Guards, Routledge, pp. 51–53, ISBN 9781317430742