Major General Hossein Salami, Commander of the Iranian IRGC who challenged the United States. Photo/REUTERS
JAKARTA – Major General Hossein Salami currently serves as Commander in Chief IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps / Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) Iran. During his career in the organization he had challenged and made negative accusations at the United States (US).
In addition, Salami also often touts jihad and martyrdom when giving speeches.
Hossein Salami was born in 1960 in Golpayegan, Isfahan Province, Iran. After graduating from Iran University of Science and Technology, he continued his education at the Iranian Army Command and General Staff College.
Reporting from United Against Nuclear Iran, Hossein Salami’s joining the IRGC began in 1980, exactly a year after the corps was founded in 1979.
When he first joined the corps, he immediately joined the war against Iraq. It is known that Salami had fought in Iranian Kurdistan, which was a hotbed of separatist activity.
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From that war, his career skyrocketed and he was promoted to commander of the IRGC Command and Staff University from 1992-1997. During this period, he played an important role in formulating the curriculum of his struggle.
Later in 1997, Salami was appointed to become the IRGC Joint Staff Operations Deputy, and held that role until 2006.
According to a report in the reformist newspaper, Shargh, Salami spoke at a conference aimed at recruiting Iranian volunteers for martyrdom operations sponsored by the Headquarters of the World Islamic Organization for Remembrance of Martyrs while still serving as IRGC Joint Staff Operations Deputy.
In 2006 he was promoted again, this time to assume the role of commander of the IRGC Air Force.