Iran Appoints New Army Commander

FNA23.08.2017 Iran
Iran Appoints New Army Commander

Iran Appoints New Army Commander

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Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appointed a new Commander for the Iranian Army and Second-in-Command for the Iranian Armed Forces’ Chief-of-Staff, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported.

In a decree on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Major General Abdolrahim Moussavi, who was promoted from the rank of Brigadier General, as the new Commander of Iran’s Army given his commitment, competency and experience.

Ayatollah Khamenei thanked Major General Ataollah Salehi, who previously held the post, for his loyal services to the Islamic Republic during his tenure.

In another decree, Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Major General Salehi as new Second-in-Command for the Iranian Armed Forces’ Chief-of-Staff upon a proposal by Chief-of-Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri.

The Leader said the appointment was made in view of Salehi’s past record and valuable work experience.

Ayatollah Khamenei thanked great efforts by Major General Moussavi who previously held the post.

In a relevant development in early July, Major General Baqeri was appointed by Ayatollah Khamenei as Chief-of-Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, the first such replacement in the Islamic Republic’s history.

Major General Baqeri replaced former Chief-of-Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi.

General Firouzabadi has been appointed as the top military aide of the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces (i.e. the Supreme Leader).

General Firouzabadi was in the post ever since the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces was established in 1989.

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