Mohammad Nazar Azimi (Azimi) serves as the commander of the IRGC’s Najaf Ashraf West Headquarters, the IRGC command responsible for the western Iranian provinces of Kermanshah, Hamadan, and Ilam. Azimi’s deputy, Kourosh Asiabani (Asiabani), commander of the Shahid Kazemi Headquarters, oversees IRGC activities in Kermanshah province.
IRGC forces under the command of Azimi and Asiabani have committed some of the worst acts of violence by Iranian security forces since the beginning of protests in September 2022. In Javanrud, a small town in Kermanshah province, IRGC troops used live ammunition, including from semi-heavy machine guns, to quell protests, killing and wounding dozens. The IRGC has shelled vehicles attempting to deliver blood bags to those wounded in local hospitals, preventing their delivery. Witnesses have personally linked Asiabani to these abuses.
Mohammad Nazar Azimi serves as the commander of the IRGC’s Najaf Ashraf West Headquarters, the IRGC command responsible for the western Iranian provinces of Kermanshah, Hamadan, and Ilam.
Azimi is designated by the US Treasury and the UK government due to human rights violations in Iran against since September 2022, such as using machine guns against unarmed protestors resulting in multiple deaths.
Mohammad Nazar Azimi is registered as active director in one company, “Javan Seir Isar International and Domestic Transportation Company”, and a former director in a Non-Profit Organization “Basijian Medical Services”.
Both the company and the organization are owned by the “Basij Cooperative Foundation”.
The “Basij Cooperative Foundation”, (can appear also as “Bonyad Taavon Basij”) is a vast network of businesses providing financial support to the Basij Resistance Force, a paramilitary force subordinate to the IRGC. It designated by the US Treasury and the UK government.
On April 15 2019, the IRGC will be added to the State Department’s FTO list, which includes 67 other terrorist organizations including Hizballah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Kata’ib Hizballah, and al-Ashtar Brigades. The IRGC FTO designation highlights that Iran is an outlaw regime that uses terrorism as a key tool of statecraft and that the IRGC, part of Iran’s official military, has engaged in terrorist activity or terrorism since its inception 40 years ago. The IRGC has been directly involved in terrorist plotting, its support for terrorism is foundational and institutional, and it has killed U.S. citizens.
Commander of Najaf Ashraf West Headquarters
IRGC Brigadier General
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(Arabic: محمد عظیمی)
21 Mar 1960
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» Added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on January 23, 2023 pursuant to Executive Order 13553 for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the IRGC;