Mohammad Salimi

Mohammad Salimi
Born (1937-02-02)February 2, 1937
Mashhad, Iran
Died January 30, 2016(2016-01-30) (aged 78)
Tehran, Iran
Allegiance Iran
Service/branch Ground Forces (1955−1981)
Ministry of Defense (1981−1985)
Joint Staff (2000−2005)
Years of service 1955–2005
Rank Major General
Commands held Defence Minister (1981–1984)
Commander-in-chief of the Iranian Army
Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War
Awards Order of Nasr (1st class)

Mohammad Salimi (Persian: محمد سلیمی; February 2, 1937 – January 30, 2016) was the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Army.[1]

Early life

Salimi was born in Mashhad in 1937.[2]


Salimi was the defense minister in the cabinet of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, replacing Javad Fakoori.[3] He was in office from 1981 to August 1984.[4] He was succeeded by Mohammad Hossein Jalali as defense minister.[3]

Although Salimi retired, he was appointed commander-in-chief in May 2000, replacing Ali Shahbazi.[5][6] Salimi resigned from office in September 2005.[5] He was succeeded by Major General Ataollah Salehi as the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Army.[5] Then Salimi was named as Ali Khamenei's military advisor on the same date.[5][7]


  1. "آفتاب - انتصاب سرلشكرصالحي به عنوان فرماندهی كل ارتش". Aftab News. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  2. "Joint Crisis: Supreme Defense Council of Iran, 1980" (PDF). Harvard Model United Nations. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  3. 1 2 Sepehr Zabir (23 April 2012). The Iranian Military in Revolution and War (RLE Iran D). CRC Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-136-81270-5. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  4. J. Dionne (16 August 1984). "Tehran dismisses 5 cabinet members". The New York Times. Paris. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  5. 1 2 3 4 "General Mohammad Salimi". Iran Briefing. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  6. "Iranian Leader Appoints New Army Commanders". People's Daily. 23 June 2000. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  7. "Iran’s regular army gets new chief as reshuffle goes on". Iran Focus. 11 September 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2013. C1 control character in |title= at position 5 (help)
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Military offices
Preceded by
Ali Shahbazi
Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army
Succeeded by
Ataollah Salehi
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