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

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General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Persian: ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران
Seal of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.svg
Seal of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
Flag of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran.svg
Flag of the General Staff of the Armed Forces
Sardar Mohammad Bagheri in Great Prophet Wargame in April 2016 by tasnimnews (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Major general Mohammad Bagheri

since 28 June 2016
Reports to Military office of the Supreme Leader[1]
Appointer Supreme Leader of Iran
Formation 26 September 1989
First holder Major general Hassan Firouzabadi
Deputy Major general Ataollah Salehi

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 of the General Staff

Chief Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Deputies President
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Mousavi, Mir-HosseinMir-Hossein Mousavi
(born 1942)
Acting
1988 1989 0–1 years none Hassan Firouzabadi Ali Khamenei
1
Hassan Firouzabadi
Firouzabadi, HassanMajor general
Hassan Firouzabadi
(born 1951)
26 September 1989 28 June 2016 26 years, 276 days
Basij
Mohammad Forouzandeh
Ali Sayad Shirazi
Gholam Ali Rashid
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Mohammad Khatami
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Hassan Rouhani
2
Mohammad Bagheri
Bagheri, MohammadMajor general
Mohammad Bagheri
(born c. 1960)
28 June 2016 Incumbent 2 years, 203 days Seal of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.svg
IRGC
Abdolrahim Mousavi
Ataollah Salehi
Hassan Rouhani

See also

References

  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
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