General Hassan Firouzabadi, C, was a top military advisor to Khamenei and a member of the constitutional Expediency Council at the time of his death. (IRIB)

September 3, 2021

A top former Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) commander and former chief of staff for Iran’s armed forces, General Hassan Firouzabadi has died of Covid-19, media in Iran reported on Friday.

The current chief of staff, General Mohammad Bagheri issued a statement expressing condolences to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who is the commander in chief of Islamic republic’s armed forces.

Firouzabadi was a top military advisor to Khamenei and a member of the constitutional Expediency Council at the time of his death. Firouzabadi was born in February 1951 in Mashhad and was chief of staff for 27 years until 2016.

When Khamenei appointed him chief of staff of the armed forces in 1989, Firouzabadi had no record of serving in any branch of the military, but he was from Mashhad, where Khamenei comes from. Prior to his appointment, Firouzabadi had served in civilian position.

Over the years, the Supreme Leader has promoted or appointed many officials from Mashhad, including the new president Ebrahim Raisi (Raeesi).

Firouzabadi was one of the few top officials in Iran who kept their posts for long years after the death of the first Supreme Leader Rouhollah Khomeni. When he was replaced in 2016, many speculated that his health was the reason, while a conservative website at the time cited his support for the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran International

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