Qasem-Ali Zahirnejad

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Qasem-Ali Zahirnejadi
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Qasem-Ali Zahirnejad
Ardabil, Iran
Died13 October 1999(1999-10-13) (aged 74–75)
Tehran, Iran
Service/branchGround Force
Years of service1944–1976; 1979–1989
RankMajor general
Commands held64th Infantry Division
Ground Force
Joint Staff
Battles/warsKurdish rebellion
Iran–Iraq War
AwardsOrder of Nasr Ribbon.svg Order of Nasr

Qasem-Ali Zahir Nejad (1924 – 13 October 1999)[1] was a major general in the Army of Iran after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Zahirnejadi began studies in the Military University (Imam Ali) in 1951. He retired from the army in 1976 as a Colonel. After the 1979 revolution he returned to the army at the beginning of the unrest in Kurdistan[when?] and in 1979 as commander of Division 64 of Urmia. In 1980 he was promoted to brigadier general to command the Iranian Gendarmerie and Army. On 9 October 1981 was promoted to the position of President of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

During the Iran–Iraq War, his insistent implementation of military army commanders and tactics led to clashes with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the Iranian armed forces that relies on the use of mostly light infantry together with some armored equipment as well as unorthodox military tactics. He achieved the rank of major general on 6 November 1989. In 1999 he died of a stroke.

See also


Military offices
Preceded by
Valiollah Fallahi
Chief-of-Staff of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army
Succeeded by
Esmaeil Sohrabi
Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces
Succeeded by
Ali Sayad Shirazi
Police appointments
Preceded by
Elyas Daneshvar
Commander of the Gendarmerie
Succeeded by
Hassan-Ali Forouzan
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