General Bagheri’s Appointment as New Chief of Iran’s Armed Forces Sends Important Message

Mahdi Mohammadi, an Iranian political analyst, believes that the recent appointment of Major General Mohammad Bagheri as the new Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces sends a very important message to the country’s military rivals.

Here’s IFP’s translation of his remarks, as published in his Telegram channel and reported by Mashreq:

 

The appointment of Major General Mohammad Bagheri as the new Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces sends a very important message to the country’s military rivals.

Although the basic trends will remain intact, the appointment will:

1- Add up-to-date strategic thought to the Armed Forces’ structure;

2- Considerably enhance coordination among the Armed Forces;

3- Prioritize new types of threat, including cyber-threats;

4- Increase the strength of Iranian Armed Forces’ international presence, particularly that of the IRGC Quds Force, and generally boost the “geopolitical agility” of Iran’s military system;

5- Move the Armed Forces towards a combination of speed and efficiency, especially with a focus on basic information operations.

Of course this does not mean that the path was different under the command of General [Hassan] Firouzabadi; it is the same path, which is going to be pursued in a “more revolutionary” way.

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