Who is the IRGC's new head of security: Fathollah Jamiri?
Updated: Apr 22, 2019
In a short announcement on Saturday Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced that Fathollah Jamiri had been appointed to a key position as head of security. The announcement was made by Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the IRGC and was approved by Ayatollah Khamenei.
The IRGC has been in the spotlight recently after the US designated it a terrorist organization and also because of its role in Iranian foreign policy, as well as its important position within Iran. Most Iranian media carried the short announcement of Jamiri’s appointment, without elaborating. Mehr News noted that Jamiri had been serving as commander of the Al-Ghadir (Qadir) unit in Yazd province since 1996. Yazd is in the middle of Iran. The security unit within the IRGC is responsible for protecting airports, vital infrastructure and areas of the country and protecting important individuals, such as regime VIPs.
Jamiri had also been in charge of the Imam Sadeq unit in Bushehr province in the past. According to reports Ali Nasiri, former head of the security apparatus, was pushed out, and Jamiri brought in, perhaps to clean house after an internal scandal or shakeup within the IRGC.
Jamiri is not well known outside of Iran and he rarely appears at major public events. In 2013 he attended a drill in Bushehr province where he appeared on TV with other Basij members of a local unit called the Fadayin-e Jahan-e Islam. It was in the context of running the Imam Sadeq section of the IRGC that he appeared. He has a keen knowledge of the Basij, the paramilitary force that is one of the five sections of the IRGC. Recently he was in Khuzestan province to help fight against Iran’s flooding crises. He is a dedicated regime member who has spoken about the need to return to the roots of the 1979 revolution and not be influenced by “foreign propaganda.” He has emphasized his work in Yazd province, including recruiting youth to the Basij and creating a strong backbone of “resistance” within the province, by which he means dedication to the Iranian regime.