The Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps appointed Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi as the Deputy-Commander of the Quds Force today.
The 63 year old former commander of the IRGC’s paramilitary branch, the Basij, was born in the central city of Isfahan. Hejazi headed the Basij in 1997 and was the deputy commander of the IRGC in 1999.
He was the commander of the IRGC’s Sarallah Base in Tehran during nationwide post-election protests in 2009. He is known for his part in the brutal crackdown against peaceful protesters in Tehran.
The newly appointed Deputy Commander of the Quds Force was sanctioned by the EU for his role in the suppression of protests and human rights violations in 2011. He has also been in the US Department of State’s sanctions list since 2007.
The inauguration ceremony for the Commander of the Quds Force, Ismail Qaani, who replaced Qasem Soleimani after his death and Mohammad Hejazi was held today. Mohammad Baqeri, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces, and Hussein Salami, the Commander in Chief of the IRGC were present at the ceremony.
Soleimani was killed in a targeted U.S. drone strike on January 3 in Baghdad. Though the regime has tried to depict him as a “hero” and bussed in thousands to participate in his funeral, ordinary Iranians continue to burn and tear his image put up by the regime in cities across Iran.