Tehran, Iran, Sep. 05 – Iran appointed a
new deputy chief for the paramilitary Bassij force,
state-run media reported on Monday.
Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Majid Mir-Ahmadi was introduced on Sunday as the new deputy
commander of the Bassij in a gathering of senior
Guards commanders including the deputy commandant of the Islamic
Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Mohammad-Baqer Zolqadr. The Bassij, affiliated to the IRGC, are paramilitary
vigilantes loyal to Iran’s Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Brigadier General Mir-Ahmadi took over the post
formerly held by Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Ismail
Ahmadi Moghaddam, who
was appointed by the Supreme Leader as chief of Iran’s police. Moghaddam recently extended police powers to members of
General Mir-Ahmadi previously served as a Navy officer
as well as in the bureau of the IRGC Joint Chiefs of Staff.