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Khamenei Appoints New IRGC Chief

Khamenei Appoints New IRGC Chief

Sunday, 21 April, 2019 - 17:00
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. File photo
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has replaced the chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), days after the United States designated the group a foreign terrorist organization.

State TV announced the appointment of Brigadier General Hossein Salami to the position.

"The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari," it said.

Jafari had held the post since September 2007.

President Donald Trump on April 8 designated the Guards a terrorist organization, in an unprecedented step. The designation took effect on April 15.

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