Esmail Ghaani

Iranian Brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and commander of its Quds Force

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Esmail Ghaani is an Iranian Brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and commander of its Quds Force — a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations. Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei appointed Ghaani as Commander of the Quds Force on 3 January 2020 after General Qasem Soleimani was killed by a targeted U.S. drone strike near Baghdad International Airport;

According to OFAC, acts on behalf of or provides support to the IRGC-QF, a designated terrorist entity;

Responsible for financial disbursements to terrorist groups, including Hizballah, according to the Treasury Department;

Had financial oversight of an IRGC-QF weapons shipment seized in Nigeria in October 2010 and intended for The Gambia, which consisted of 240 tons of ammunition (rockets, mortar shells, grenades, and rounds of ammunition), according to a report by a U.N. Panel of Experts;

According to the U.N. Panel of Experts, the shipment involved Behineh Trading Company, an IRGC front company, and International Trading and General Construction; the shipment also involved Ali Akbar Tabatabaei, Azim Aghajani, and Ali Abbas Usman Jega, according to OFAC;

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Brigadier general

Quds Force

Also Known As:
Ismail Akbar Nezhad
Esmail Qani
General Esmail Ghaani

August 8, 1957


Mashhad, Iran

Iranian passport numbers:
D9003033, D9008347 (issued July 18, 2010 and expires July 18, 2015;)

Reason for the color:
» Added on March 27, 2012 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters;