Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr

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Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr (Persian: محمدباقر ذوالقدر‎) is an Iranian retired military commander who currently serves as the deputy for strategic, societal–security and crime prevention affairs in the Judicial system of Iran.[2] He is former Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[3]

Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr
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Bornc. 1954/1955 (age 64–65)[1]
Fasa, Iran
AllegianceIslamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
Years of service1979–2006; 2007–2009
RankBrigadier general
Commands heldJoint Staff
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War

Military careerEdit

In the early 1980s, Zolghadr co-headed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' educational division.[4] He later served as the commander of IRGC Irregular Warfare Headquarters, as well as Ramazan Headquarters.[2] Zolghadr served as the deputy commander of the IRGC.[3] In 2007, Zolghadr was appointed as the deputy chief of general staff of Iranian Armed Forces for Basij-related affairs.[5]

Political activityEdit

Following the Iranian Revolution, Zolghadr joined the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization and belonged to its right-wing faction,[6] having previously been a member of Mansouroun guerrilla organization along with later fellow IRGC servicemen Rezaei, Shamkhani and Rashid.[7] He is reportedly "one of the founders" of Ansar-e Hezbollah.[3]

Judicial careerEdit

Zolghadr was appointed as the deputy Judiciary chief for strategic affairs on 14 May 2012,[8] having previously served as the advisor to the Chief Justice Sadeq Larijani since 2010.[9]


  1. ^ "Revolutionary Guardsman Wins Top Iran Security Post", Agence France Presse, 1 December 2005, retrieved 1 March 2017 – via Arab News
  2. ^ a b Ali Alfoneh (29 March 2012). "Generational change in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force: Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi". Middle Eastern Outlook. Retrieved 11 June 2017 – via American Enterprise Institute.
  3. ^ a b c Frederic Wehrey; Jerrold D Green; Brian Nichiporuk; Alireza Nader; Lydia Hansell (31 December 2008). The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Rand Corporation. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-8330-4680-2. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  4. ^ Saeed Aganji (24 February 2015), "IRGC to reopen its own high schools", Al-Monitor, retrieved 1 March 2017
  5. ^ "Leader Appoints Deputy Chief of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces for Basij-Related Affairs". 11 December 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  6. ^ Muhammad Sahimi (12 May 2009). "The Political Groups". Tehran Bureau. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  7. ^ Alfoneh, Ali (2013), Iran Unveiled: How the Revolutionary Guards Is Transforming Iran from Theocracy into Military Dictatorship, AEI Press, pp. 8–10
  8. ^ "Iranian judiciary chief appoints new Judicial officials", Mehr News Agency, 14 May 2012, retrieved 1 March 2017 – via OANA
  9. ^ Massoumeh Torfeh (8 January 2010), "Iran's judiciary takes a military colour", Guardian, retrieved 1 March 2017
Party political offices
New title
Organization established
Head of Election Headquarters of
Popular Front of Islamic Revolution Forces

2016 – present
Legal offices
New title Deputy Judiciary Chief for Strategic Affairs
13 May 2012 – present
Military offices
Preceded by
Yahya Rahim Safavi
Second-in-Command of IRGC
13 September 1997 – 30 April 2006
Succeeded by
Morteza Rezaee
Preceded by
Mohammad Forouzandeh
as Chief of the General Staff
Chief of Joint Staff of IRGC
22 September 1989 – 13 September 1997
Succeeded by
Hossein Alaei
Government offices
Preceded by
Ali-Asghar Ahmadi
Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs
23 November 2005 – 6 December 2007
Succeeded by
Abbas Mohtaj