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General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Persian: ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران
Deputy Major General Ataollah Salehi
Appointed by Supreme Leader of Iran
Incumbent Major general Mohammad Bagheri

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 armed forces.[1]

Iran's two existing separate militaries, Islamic Republic of Iran Army (Arteš) and Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Sepāh) are formally subordinate to the general staff; as well as Iran's sole national police force, Disciplinary Force.[1]

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.[1]

List of Chiefs of the General Staff

Chief-of-Staff Took office Left office Time in office
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Mousavi, Mir-HosseinMir-Hossein Mousavi
(born 1942)
198819890–1 years
Hassan Firouzabadi
Firouzabadi, HassanMajor General Hassan Firouzabadi
(born 1951)
26 September 198928 June 2016700126000000000000026 years, 7002276000000000000276 days
Mohammad Bagheri
Bagheri, MohammadMajor General Mohammad Bagheri
(born c. 1960)
28 June 2016Incumbent70005000000000000005 years, 7002332000000000000332 days

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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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