Iran appoints Guard general to lead armed forces

June 28, 2016 2:05 PM

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TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's supreme leader has chosen a Revolutionary Guard general to serve as chief of staff of the armed forces.

State TV reported Tuesday that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, a 55-year-old veteran of the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, to the post. He replaces Gen. Hassan Firuzabadi, who held the post for the past 14 years. Bagheri was previously the deputy chief of staff.

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