Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani

Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani

Former Commander of the Tehran-based Division of the Revolutionary Guard

Iran Briefing : Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani is member and founder of the Hamedan and Kurdistan-based divisions of the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC). He is a war veteran and participated in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

He is said to have played a key role in suppressing the popular uprising In Kurdistan. He has been serving the IRGC for more than 32 years.

He was among the IRGC’s commanders who led Operation “Bazi Deraz,” on the western front, and compiled his memoirs in a book entitled Brother, It’s a Duty. He later became the commander of Ansar-al-Hossein, the Hamedan-based division of the IRGC.

Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani has been serving the IRGC in cities like Paveh and Marivan, located in Kermanshah province.

He was a staunch foe of Mohammad Khatami during his presidency in the mid-1990s, and was among the 27 IRGC commanders who wrote a threatening letter to Khatami. Umtil three years ago when Hossein Taeb headed the Basij Militia, Hamedani was Deputy Commander of the Basij militia.

Hamedani was appointed to lead the Tehran-based division of the IRGC in the winter of 2010 when Tehran was engulfed in massive unrest following the 2009 disputed presidential election. Hamedani is on the sanction list imposed by the international community against Iran.



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