Sher Mohammad Karimi

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Sher Mohammad Karimi
Sher Mohammad Karimi speaking in October 2012.jpg
Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, as Chief of Army Staff, giving a speech during the ground breaking ceremony for the Afghan National Army Officers Academy in October 2012.
Chief of Army Staff of Afghanistan
In office
20 June 2010 – 22 May 2015
Preceded by Mohammad Omar Daudzai
Succeeded by Qadam Shah Shahim
Personal details
Born (1945-11-11) 11 November 1945 (age 71)
Khost, Afghanistan
Military service
Allegiance  Afghanistan
Service/branch Afghan National Army seal Afghan National Army
Years of service 1970s – present
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General

General Sher Mohammad Karimi (born November 11, 1945) is the Chief of Army Staff in the Military of Afghanistan. An ethnic Pashtun,[1][2] Karimi was born in Khost Province of Afghanistan.

After the 1978 Saur Revolution in Afghanistan, Karimi was arrested and incarcerated by the PDPA communist party because of his Western education. He was employed as a director during Dr. Mohammad Najibullah Government in ministry of defence. Unlike many of his communist colleagues and the majority of the Afghan officer corps, Karimi had never received training in the Soviet Union. He was eventually forced into exile in Pakistan until the removal of the Taliban government in late 2001.

Karimi returned to his special-operations roots at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in February 2010. Previously, he served as the Chief of Operations for the Afghan Ministry of Defense.[3]


Karimi isrban High School in Pashto, Dari, and English. He received his primary education at Sa, followed by a Military High School in Kabul.


  1. ^ Brown, Pamela (June 20, 2010). "Analysis of the Afghan Defesnse Appointments" (PDF). Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved March 29, 2011. Karimi, a Pashtun, has been nominated to replace Bismillah Khan. 
  2. ^ Karimi, General Shir Mohammad Sher Sheer
  3. ^ "Footage shows insurgents with U.S. ammo" Accessed at:

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Military offices
Preceded by
Bismillah Khan Mohammadi
Chief of staff of the Afghan National Army
October 2, 2010–present
Succeeded by