List of senior officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
|Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps|
|Supreme Leader of Iran|
|Intelligence Protection Organization|
|Imam Hossein University|
The following individuals have been identified as senior officers (currently or in the past) of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is a part of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Javad Mansouri was IRGC's "first unofficial commander" and acting during its "early formative phase". Abbas Agha-Zaman, however is considered the "first official operational commander" and was appointed by the Commander-in-Chief.
|–||Javad Mansouri||March–May 1979|||
|–||Mostafa Chamran||Summer 1979 (de facto)|||
|–||Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani||August 1979|||
|–||Hassan Lahouti||October–November 1979|||
|–||Lt. Col. Fereydoun Kian||late 1979|||
|–||Ali Khamenei||November 1979–February 1980|||
|Appointed by the Commander-in-Chief|
|1||Abbas Agha-Zamani||May–17 June 1980|||
|4||Yahya Rahim Safavi||1997–2007|||
|5||Mohammad Ali Jafari||2007–present|||
|1||Yousef Kolahdouz (KIA)||July 1980 – 29 September 1981|||
|2||Ali Shamkhani||June 1982 – 24 September 1989|||
|3||Yahya Rahim Safavi||24 September 1989 – 10 September 1997|
|4||Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr||13 September 1997 – 30 April 2006|
|5||Morteza Rezaee||30 April 2006 – 22 May 2008|
|6||Mohammad Hejazi||22 May 2008 – 4 October 2009|
|7||Hossein Salami||4 October 2009 – present|
Other senior officials
These people have been identified as senior members of the organization, either at present or at some point in the past:
(in alphabetical order)
- Alireza Afshar, a former IRGC officer, appointed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as deputy interior minister for political affairs and head of the ministry's election headquarters.
- Vice Admiral Ali Akbar Ahmadian (Chief of IRGC Joint Staff)
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, former president of Iran, "fought for IRGC during the 1980–88 Iran–Iraq War. After taking office in 2005 he promoted five former IRGC members into cabinet posts."
- Ahmad Reza Asghari, diplomat and former third secretary of the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, also a delegate to a 2002 U.N. conference in Geneva, where he was listed as the Iranian foreign ministry's first secretary in the department for international economic affairs (also known as "Moshen Randjbaran", and not to be confused with Ali Reza Asghari
- Ali Reza Asghari, a former IRGC commander who either defected or was kidnapped by a foreign intelligence service from Turkey in 2006, not to be confused with Ahmad Reza Asghari.
- Esmail Daghayeghi, founder of the Badr Corps, originally made up of Iraqi exiles in Iran; a member of IRGC
- Minojahar Frouzanda, general, the current head of intelligence for IRGC.
- Mohammad Hejazi, brigadier general, Commander-in-chief of the Mobilized Basij forces
- Mohammad Montazeri, founding member and leading chief of IRGC.
- Abdol-Ali Najafi, brigadier general, Secret unit
- Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, a former IRGC member and, as of 2007, mayor of Tehran.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president of Iran
- Morteza Rezaie, brigadier general, Deputy Commander of IRGC
- Morteza Saffari, rear admiral, IRGC Navy
- Hossein Salami, brigadier general, IRGC Aerospace Force
- Mohsen Sazegara, IRGC founding member, exiled analyst
- Qasem Soleimani, brigadier general, Quds Force
- Ahmad Vahidi, Iran's deputy defense minister, founder of IRGC "Lebanon Corps" in the 1980s, according to Iran analyst Alireza Jafarzadeh.
- Ali Akbar Velayati, former Iranian Foreign Minister
- Mohammad-Reza Zahedi, brigadier general, IRGC Ground Forces
- Mohammad Baqer Zolqadr, former IRGC officer; as of 2007 a deputy interior minister and brother-in-law of IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari.
- Steven O'Hern (2012). Iran's Revolutionary Guard: The Threat That Grows While America Sleeps. Potomac Books, Inc. pp. 18, 22–23. ISBN 1597977012.
- Nikola B. Schahgaldian, Gina Barkhordarian (March 1987), The Iranian Military Under the Islamic Republic (PDF), RAND, p. 118, ISBN 0-8330-0777-7, retrieved 15 January 2017
- Sinkaya, Bayram (2015), The Revolutionary Guards in Iranian Politics: Elites and Shifting Relations, Routledge, pp. 96–97, ISBN 1317525647
- Forozan, Hesam (2015), The Military in Post-Revolutionary Iran: The Evolution and Roles of the Revolutionary Guards, Routledge, Table 2.1: Commander-in-Chief of the Sepah Since 1979, p 59, ISBN 9781317430742
- Allamian, Saeed (2016). I say for the history: Memories of Mohsen Rafighdoust (in Persian). Soore-ye Mehr. p. 127. ISBN 9786000302931. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
- Katzman, Kenneth (September 1993). "The Pasdaran: institutionalization of revolutionary armed force". Iranian Studies. Routledge. 26 (3-4): 389–402. doi:10.1080/00210869308701809. Retrieved 8 November 2017 – via Taylor & Francis Online (subscription required).
-  Sepehri, Vahid, "Iran: New Commander Takes Over Revolutionary Guards" Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Retrieved 17 October 2007
- "UN Security Council Resolution 1747, Iran". Council on Foreign Relations. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
-  "Iran Replaces Revolutionary Guards' Head" by Forbes staff, article in Forbes magazine, September 1, 2007
- Stephens, Bret, "Global View" columnist on the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal, article titled, "Iran's al Qaeda", October 16, 2007; Page A20; ("All were, or are, senior officers in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp.")
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2007-10-17."Iran: Expert Discusses Iran's Quds Force And U.S. Charges Concerning Iraq", article at the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Web site, 16 February 2007, Retrieved 17 October 2007
- "The botched US raid that led to the hostage crisis." Archived 2007-04-06 at the Wayback Machine. The Independent. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2007.
-  Global Security Web site, Niruyeh Moghavemat Basij Mobilisation Resistance Force
- Ebrahim, Amir Farshad (7 September 2010). "IRGC History". Iran Briefing. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- Iran: New chief appointed for secretive military unit
- Iran to hold large-scale naval war games Iran Focus
- http://www.khamenei.ir/EN/Message/detail.jsp?id=20060121A Archived 2007-10-14 at the Wayback Machine.
- Iran Revolutionary Guards expect key changes in high command
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