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    علی شمخانی

    (Wikipedia) - Ali Shamkhani Ali Shamkhani Secretary of the Supreme National Security CouncilPresident Preceded by Minister of Defence President Preceded by Succeeded by Personal details Born Alma mater Religion Military service Allegiance Service/branch Years of service Rank Commands Battles/wars Awards
    Assumed office 10 September 2013
    Hassan Rouhani
    Saeed Jalili
    In office 19 August 1997 – 24 August 2005
    Mohammad Khatami
    Mohammad Forouzandeh
    Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar
    (1955-09-29) 29 September 1955 (age 59) Ahvaz, Iran
    Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz
    Navy of IRGC (1980–89) Iran Navy (1989–97)
    Rear Admiral
    Navy of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution Islamic Republic of Iran Navy
    Iran–Iraq War
    2nd grade Fath Medal Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud

    Ali Shamkhani (Persian and Khuzestani Arabic: علی شمخانی, born 29 September 1955) is an Iranian Rear Admiral Upper Half. He is the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.

    • 1 Early life and education
    • 2 Career
    • 3 Awards and honors
    • 4 References

    Early life and education

    Shamkhani was born on 29 September 1955 in Ahvaz, Khuzestan. His family are of Iranian Arab origin. He studied engineering at Ahvaz University.


    Shamkhani served as the commander of the IRGC navy with the rank of rear admiral. Later he also commanded the Artesh navy in addition to the IRGC navy.

    Then he held the post of the minister of defense from August 1997 until August 2005 in the government of Mohammad Khatami. Shamkani was replaced by Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar in the post. In the 2001 presidential elections Shamkhani run for office.

    He was the director of the Iranian Armed Forces'' Center for Strategic Studies from 2005 to 2013. He is also military advisor to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    On 10 September 2013, Shamkhani was appointed secretary of the Supreme National Security Council by President Hassan Rouhani.

    Awards and honors

    In 2003, Shamkhani received Shojaat Medal, highest military medal from President Mohammad Khatami. He was also honored for his eight years service as minister of defence in 2005. In 2004, Shamkhani received Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud, highest Medal in Saudi Arabia from King Fahd for his prominent role in the design and implementation in developing relations with Arabic countries in the Persian Gulf. He is the first Iranian minister to received the medal.

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