Iran's Supreme Leader appoints new IRGC commanders amid US-Iran escalation
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has appointed new commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) amid rising tension and escalation between the US and Iran.
Khamenei promoted Brigadier General Ali Fadavi to lieutenant commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), replacing him with Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi.
In a decree released on Thursday, Ayatollah Khamenei, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces, appointed Brigadier General Fadavi, who was the IRGC deputy commander for coordination, as the new lieutenant commander of the IRGC.
The Leader hailed “the valuable and worthwhile experiences” of Brigadier General Fadavi and wished him success during his tenure.
In a separate decree on the same day, Ayatollah Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Naqdi as the new IRGC deputy commander for coordination.
Last month, the Leader appointed General Hossein Salami as the new commander of the military elite force, promoting him to the rank of major general.
The Leader advised Major General Salami to fully upgrade the IRGC’s capabilities and preparedness in all fields while paying due attention to the IRGC’s “internal gem”, that is, piety and insight.
On April, The United States designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization, marking the first time Washington formally labeling another country’s military a terrorist group.