Mohammad Forouzandeh

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Mohammad Forouzandeh
Head of Mostazafan Foundation
In office
22 July 1999 – 22 July 2014
Appointed byAli Khamenei
Preceded byMohsen Rafighdoost
Succeeded byMohammad Saeedikia
Minister of Defense
In office
16 August 1993 – 20 August 1997
PresidentAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded byAkbar Torkan
Succeeded byAli Shamkhani
Personal details
Born1960 (age 58–59)
Tehran, Iran
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
Military service
Branch/serviceRevolutionary Guards[1]
General Staff
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War

Mohammad Forouzandeh (Persian: محمد فروزنده‎) is an Iranian politician and security figure and the former head of the Bonyad-e Mostazafen va Janbazan (Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled).[2] His tenure as head of the foundation began on December 3, 2004, and was renewed for another five years on December 2, 2009.[3] He resigned from his post on July 22, 2014, and was replaced by Mohammad Saeedikia. Forouzandeh was also a member of the Expediency Discernment Council from 2007 to 2012. He served as chief of staff of the Revolutionary Guard from late 1987 to 1989[4] and later as Defense Minister of Iran.[5]


  1. ^ Frederic Wehrey; Jerrold D. Green; Brian Nichiporuk; Alireza Nader; Lydia Hansell; Rasool Nafisi; S. R. Bohandy (2009). "The Rise of the Pasdaran" (PDF). RAND Corporation. p. 106. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  2. ^ Bonyad-e Mostazafan van Janbazan: Oppressed and Disabled Veterans Foundation (MJF) Page last modified: 10-07-2008. 15 March 2009
  3. ^ Bonyad Chief Reinstated Archived 2009-05-05 at the Wayback Machine Iran Daily, December 3, 2005.
  4. ^ James Bruce (1989), "Iran Strenghtens Guards with Leader Reshuffle", Jane's Defence Weekly, 12: 703
  5. ^ Katzman, Kenneth. "Iran’s Bonyads: Economic Strengths and Weaknesses". 6 August 2006 Archived 25 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine accessed 15-May-2009
Military offices
Preceded by
Hassan Firouzabadi
as Deputy Head of Commander-in-Chief Headquarters
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces
31 September 1989 – 11 September 1993
Succeeded by
Ali Sayad Shirazi
Preceded by
Alireza Afshar
Chief of the General Staff of the IRGC
1987 – 22 September 1989
Succeeded by
Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr
as Chief of the Joint Staff
Political offices
Preceded by
Akbar Torkan
Minister of Defence
16 August 1993 – 20 August 1997
Succeeded by
Ali Shamkhani