List of senior officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

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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"[1] and acting during its "early formative phase".[2] Abbas Agha-Zaman, however is considered the "first official operational commander" and was appointed by the Commander-in-Chief.[1]

No. Portrait Name Tenure Ref
JavadMansouri.jpg Javad Mansouri March–May 1979 [2]
Mostafa Chamran Portrait 1.jpg Mostafa Chamran Summer 1979 (de facto) [2]
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Portrait (1).jpg Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani August 1979 [2][1]
Hassan Lahouti October–November 1979 [1]
Lt. Col. Fereydoun Kian late 1979 [2]
Portrait of Ali Khamenei, 1981.jpg Ali Khamenei November 1979–February 1980 [1]
Abbas Duzduzani.jpg Abbas Duzduzani 1980 [1][3]
Appointed by the Commander-in-Chief
1 Abbas Agha-Zamani May–17 June 1980 [4]
2 Morteza Rezaee 1980–1981 [4]
3 Mohsen Rezaee 2017.jpg Mohsen Rezaee 1981–1997 [4]
4 Yahya Rahim Safavi in IES congress.jpg Yahya Rahim Safavi 1997–2007 [4]
5 Mohammad Ali Jafari by tasnimnews 02 ).jpg Mohammad Ali Jafari 2007–present [4]

Deputy Commanders

No. Portrait Name Tenure Ref
1 Yousef Kolahdouz (KIA) July 1980 – 29 September 1981 [5]
2 Ali Shamkhani by Tasnim 02.jpg Ali Shamkhani June 1982 – 24 September 1989 [2][6]
3 Yahya Rahim Safavi in IES congress.jpg 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 سید محمد حجازی.jpg Mohammad Hejazi 22 May 2008 – 4 October 2009
7 Sardar Hossein Salami in Great Prophet Wargame in April 2016 by tasnimnews 01 by tasnimnews 09 (cropped).jpg 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)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Steven O'Hern (2012). Iran's Revolutionary Guard: The Threat That Grows While America Sleeps. Potomac Books, Inc. pp. 18, 22–23. ISBN 1597977012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f 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 
  3. ^ Sinkaya, Bayram (2015), The Revolutionary Guards in Iranian Politics: Elites and Shifting Relations, Routledge, pp. 96–97, ISBN 1317525647 
  4. ^ a b c d e 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 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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). 
  7. ^ a b c d [1] Sepehri, Vahid, "Iran: New Commander Takes Over Revolutionary Guards" Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Retrieved 17 October 2007
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "UN Security Council Resolution 1747, Iran". Council on Foreign Relations. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2009. 
  9. ^ [2] "Iran Replaces Revolutionary Guards' Head" by Forbes staff, article in Forbes magazine, September 1, 2007
  10. ^ a b c d e 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.")
  11. ^ "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
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ [3] Global Security Web site, Niruyeh Moghavemat Basij Mobilisation Resistance Force
  14. ^ Ebrahim, Amir Farshad (7 September 2010). "IRGC History". Iran Briefing. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  15. ^ Iran: New chief appointed for secretive military unit
  16. ^ Iran to hold large-scale naval war games Iran Focus
  17. ^ a b Archived 2007-10-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Iran Revolutionary Guards expect key changes in high command

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