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Former Iran forces leader appointed to the helm of the Basij militias

Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar erved as the commander of Iranian forces in Syria since October 2015. (Archives)

Iran has appointed Brigadier General Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar as the new commander of Iran’s Basij (mobilization) Forces after years of serving as the commanders of the country’s forces.

He replaces Mohammad Reza Naqdi, who served as the Basij’s leader for nine years.

Gheibparvar served as the commander of Iranian forces in Syria since October 2015.

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He is known as a strong critic and silencer of Iranian internal opposition members, especially the student opposition groups in universities and the popular Green Movement that that arose after the 2009 Iranian presidential election, in which protesters demanded the removal of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from office.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.

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Last Update: Saturday, 10 December 2016 KSA 20:11 - GMT 17:11
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