Yahya Rahim Safavi

Yahya "Rahim" Safavi (Persian: یحیی (رحیم) صفوی‎, born 1952) is an Iranian military commander who served as the chief commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.[2][3]

Yahya Rahim Safavi
Yahya Rahim Safavi 2019.jpg
Born1952 (age 67–68)
Isfahan, Iran
Service/branchIslamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
Years of service1979–present
RankMajor General
Commands heldIslamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
Ground Forces
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War
War on Terrorism (2001 uprising in Herat)
AwardsFath Medal.jpg 2nd grade Fath Medal[1]

Early lifeEdit

Safavi was born in 1952 in the city of Isfahan, Iran.[2][3]


Safavi was one of the leaders of the Iran–Iraq War.[4] During the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, he played a key role in the uprising in Herat in November 2001, where American, Iranian and Northern Alliance troops supported a local uprising against the Taliban.

He served as the deputy commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps until 1997 when he was appointed its commander, replacing Mohsen Rezaee in 1997.[5]

He was replaced as commander of the IRGC by Mohammad Ali Jafari, former director of the Strategic Studies Center of the IRGC on 1 September 2007.[6] Then he was appointed by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei as his special military advisor.[7]

Asset freezeEdit

On 24 December 2006, Rahim Safavi was listed in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1737 asking for his assets (among others') to be frozen because of alleged involvements in Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Poursafa, Mahdi (20 January 2014). گزارش فارس از تاریخچه نشان‌های نظامی ایران، از «اقدس» تا «فتح»؛ مدال‌هایی که بر سینه سرداران ایرانی نشسته است [From "Aghdas" to "Fath": Medals resting on the chest of Iranian Serdars]. Fars News (in Persian). Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Sayyid Yahya Safavi". tasnimnews.com. 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Seyyed Yahya Rahim Safavi". basirat.ir. 30 January 2019.
  4. ^ Safavi, Karbala 5 Operation iribnews.ir Retrieved 31 Jan 2019
  5. ^ Rubin, Michael (Fall 2008). "Iran's Revolutionary Guards - A Rogue Outfit?". Middle East Quarterly. XV (4): 37–48. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  6. ^ Sepehri, Vahid (4 September 2007). "Iran: New Commander Takes over Revolutionary Guards". Radio Free Europe. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  7. ^ Frederic Wehrey; Jerrold D. Green; Brian Nichiporuk; Alireza Nader; Lydia Hansell; Rasool Nafisi; S. R. Bohandy (2009). "The Rise of the Pasdaran" (PDF). RAND Corporation. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Security Council imposes sanctions on Iran for failure to halt uranium enrichment, unanimously adopting Resolution 1737". United Nations.
Military offices
New title
Military branch created
Commander of Ground Forces of the IRGC
1985 – 24 September 1989
Succeeded by
Mostafa Izadi
Preceded by
Ali Shamkhani
Second-in-Command of the IRGC
24 September 1989 – 10 September 1997
Succeeded by
Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr
Preceded by
Mohsen Rezaee
Commander-in-chief of the IRGC
10 September 1997 – 1 September 2007
Succeeded by
Mohammad Ali Jafari