Hossein Salami

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Hossein Salami
Hossein Salami portrait.jpg
Born1960 (age 59–60)
Golpayegan, Iran
Service/branchIslamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
Years of service1981–present
RankMajor general[1]
Commands held
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War

Hossein Salami (Persian: حسین سلامی‎, born 1960) is an Iranian military officer with the rank of Major general,[1] who is the commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.[2][3][4]


Hossein Salami was born in 1960 in Golpayegan, Isfahan province, Iran. In 1978, he was accepted in the mechanical engineering department at the Iran University of Science and Technology. When the Iran–Iraq War started, he joined the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. After the war, he continued his study and graduated with a Master's degree in defense management.[5]

Salami stands out among the commanders of the Revolutionary Guards for his fiery and aggressive speeches targeting the US, Israel[6] and Saudi Arabia.[7]

On 21 April 2019, Ali Khamenei appointed Hossein Salami as the new Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.[1]


Personal life[edit]

Hossein Salami was born in 1960[1] in Golpayegan, Isfahan province, Iran. His brother, Mostafa Salami, is a senior officer in the armed force.[6] Also, he is an authority of Khatam-al Anbiya Construction Headquarters.[8][9][10]


According to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1747, sanctions was imposed on Iranian individual Hossein Salami on March 2007.[11][12][13]

On April 8, 2019, the US inflicted economically and travel sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and organizations, companies, and individuals affiliated with them.[14] Salami was included on a sanctions list as the new commander of the IRGC.[6] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel immediately thanked Trump on Twitter.[15] Salami said, the IRGC was proud that Washington named them as a terrorist group.[1] ·In January 2019 Salami said: “We will fight them on the global level, not just in one spot. Our war is not a local war. We have plans to defeat the world powers.”[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Hafezi, Parisa. "Khamenei names new chief for Iran's Revolutionary Guards". reuters.
  2. ^ "Iranian Guard commander: Our 'hands remain on the trigger' to attack Israel". The Journalism post. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b "خبرگزاری فارس - سردار سلامي جانشين فرمانده كل سپاه شد" [Sardar Salami succeeds the commanding officer] (in Persian). Fars News Agency. 4 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b Gladstone, Rick. "Iran's Supreme Leader Replaces Head of Revolutionary Guards". NYT. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Biography of Hossein Salami". Shakhsiat Negar. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Zimmt, Dr. Raz. "Hossein Salami The New Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Saudi Arabia to collapse over 'sectarian' policies: Iranian general". The Tehran Times. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Commander Brothers". farsnews.
  9. ^ "The brothers: New IRGC leader Salami has influential brother in Iranian armed forces".
  10. ^ "Deputy top commander: Iran standing against threats powerfully".
  11. ^ "Resolution 1747 (2007)" (PDF). United Nations. 24 March 2007.
  12. ^ "list of sanctions companies and individuals".
  13. ^ "salami on the sanctions list".
  14. ^ Wong and Schmitt, Edward and Eric. "Trump Designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Foreign Terrorist Group". nytimes.
  15. ^ Wong and Schmitt, Edward and Eric. "Trump Designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards a Foreign Terrorist Group". nytimes.
  16. ^ "'Iran's strategy is to wipe Israel off political geography'". Mehr News Agency. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
Military offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Reza Zahedi
as Commander of Air Force
Commander of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force
21 January 2006 – 4 October 2009
Succeeded by
Amir Ali Hajizadeh
Preceded by
Mohammad Hejazi
Deputy Commander of the Revolutionary Guards
4 October 2009 – 21 April 2019
Succeeded by
Ali Fadavi
Preceded by
Mohammad Ali Jafari
Commander of the Revolutionary Guards
21 April 2019 – Present