Hamid Taqavi

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Hamid Taqavi
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Native name حمید تقوی
Birth name Hamid Taqavi
Nickname(s) Haj Hamid
Born 1955[1]
Ahvaz, Iran
Died (2014-12-28)28 December 2014 (aged 55)[2]
Samarra, Iraq
Allegiance Iran Iran
Service/branch Seal of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.svg Revolutionary Guards
Years of service 1980–2014
Rank 18- Sartipp-IRGC.png Brigadier General[3]
Unit Quds Force
Commands held Ramazan Headquarters

Iran–Iraq war

War on ISIL

Hamid Taqavi (Persian: حمید تقوی‎; 1955 – 28 December 2014) was a Brigadier General in the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a commander in Quds Force.[3]

A veteran of Iran–Iraq war, he was reportedly killed in late 2014 by an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant sniper while on “an advisory mission” in Iranian-led intervention against ISIL.[3]

Military career

Iran–Iraq war

He joined Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps immediately after the start of Iran–Iraq war in 1980 and recruited forces from Dasht-e Azadegan, forming a Military Intelligence Unit in Susangerd. He fought in some important operations, including Operation Kheibar and Operation Dawn 8, where his father and brother were killed respectively. During the war, he was promoted to Ramazan Headquarters command.[4][5]

War on ISIL

According to Badr Organization head Hadi al-Amiri, he “was present in most of the important battles against ISIL and played a key role in Liberation of Jurf Al Sakhar”.[6]

"Taqavi was killed while conducting the mission in cooperation with the Iraqi army and popular mobilization forces to counter the ISIL Takfiri militants in the vicinity of the shrine of the eleventh Shia Imam, Hasan al-Askari", according to a statement by Public Relations Department of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.[7]

On 30 December, Thousands of Revolutionary Guards gathered in Tehran for the funeral, including Qassem Soleimani. Ali Shamkhani said "If people like Taqavi do not shed their blood in Samarra, then we would shed our blood in Sistan, Azerbaijan, Shiraz and Esfahan [to defend Iran]”.[2]


  1. ^ استشهاد مجاهد ايراني يقود غرفة العمليات في سامراء
  2. ^ a b Gholipour, Behnam (30 December 2014). "Dreams of hegemonic powers for Islamic world will never come true". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Balali, Mehrdad (28 December 2014). Angus MacSwan, ed. "Iranian general killed by sniper bullet in embattled Iraqi city". Reuters. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ حال و هوای «سردار سامرا» در آخرین دیدار ["The Sardar of Samarra" in his last meeting]. Jaam-e Jam (in Persian). 1 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ همرزم شهید تقوی: شهادت «حاج حمید» اثبات بدون مرز بودن اسلام بود [Martyrdom of "Haj Hamid" proofs that Islam is borderless]. Tasnim News Agency (in Persian). 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Iraq owes many victories against ISIL to Iran: Hadi al-Ameri". Mehr News Agency. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dreams of hegemonic powers for Islamic world will never come true". Islamic Republic News Agency. 29 December 2014. Archived from the original on 8 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
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