General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
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.
|Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
ستاد کل نیروهای مسلح جمهوری اسلامی ایران
|Armed Forces of Iran|
|Type||Chief of the General Staff|
|Reports to||Military office of the Supreme Leader|
|Appointer||Supreme Leader of Iran|
|Term length||No fixed length|
|First holder||Hassan Firouzabadi|
|Deputy||Brigadier general TBD|
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.
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.
List of ChiefsEdit
|No.||Portrait||Chief||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Defence branch||Deputies||Ref|
|Chief of the Headquarters of the General Command of Forces|
|–||Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani|
|July 1988||1988||0 years||none||none||-|
|1988||1989||0–1 years||none||Hassan Firouzabadi (1988–1989)||-|
|Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces|
|26 September 1989||28 June 2016||26 years, 276 days|| |
|Mohammad Forouzandeh (1989–1993)|
Ali Sayad Shirazi (1993–1999)
Gholam Ali Rashid (1999–2016)
(born c. 1960)
|28 June 2016||Incumbent||5 years, 85 days|| |
|Abdolrahim Mousavi (2016–2017)|
Ataollah Salehi (2017–2019)
Mohammad-Reza Gharaei Ashtiani (2019–2021)
Aziz Nasirzadeh (2021–)
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