Yahya Rahim Safavi
Yahya Rahim Safavi
|Born||1952 (age 67–68)|
|Service/||Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps|
|Years of service||1979–present|
|Commands held||Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps|
War on Terrorism (2001 uprising in Herat)
|Awards||2nd grade Fath Medal|
Safavi was one of the leaders of the Iran–Iraq War. 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 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. Then he was appointed by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei as his special military advisor.
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.
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Military branch created
| Commander of Ground Forces of the IRGC
1985 – 24 September 1989
| Second-in-Command of the IRGC
24 September 1989 – 10 September 1997
Mohammad Bagher Zolghadr
| Commander-in-chief of the IRGC
10 September 1997 – 1 September 2007
Mohammad Ali Jafari