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Yahya Rahim Safavi
1958 - Present
Place of birth Soviet Union Agarakadzor, Vayots Dzor, Armenian SSR, USSR
Allegiance AGIR
Years of service March 21, 1981 - Present
Rank Major General
(Persian: سرلشکر)
Unit Artillery
Commands held 2nd Artillery Brigade
Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War

Major General (Persian: سرلشکر) Yahya Rahim Safavi (Persian: یحیى رحیم صفوی , born 1958) served as the Chief commander of the Sepah until September 1, 2007.



Born to a lower-class family in Armenia, Soviet Union, Safavi was sent to Iran as an orphan where he was raised by Iranian foster parents.

Dr. Seyed Yahya (Rahim) Safavi was one of the leaders of the Iraq-Iran War. He was replaced as commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) by Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, former director of the Strategic Studies Center of AGIR on September 1, 2007. Radio Farda, a radio news service run by Iranian exiles, reported that Safavi is thought to have become too openly sympathetic to the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration, when Iranian military officers are obliged to shun politics. According to Radio Free Europe, Radio Farda "quoted observers saying that Yahya-Safavi's almost partisan positions had caused unease or even rifts in the IRGC ranks, and the appointment is meant to resolve that."[1]

Asset freeze

On 2006-12-24, 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.[2]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ [1]Sepehri, Vahid, "Iran: New Commander Takes Over Revolutionary Guards" article at the Web site of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, accessed. October 17, 2007
  2. ^ "Security Council imposes sanctions on Iran for failure to halt uranium enrichment, unanimously adopting Resolution 1737". United Nations.  

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Military offices
Preceded by
Iran Mohsen Rezaee
Chief commander of

1997- 2007
Succeeded by
Iran Mohammad Ali Jafari


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