aka: Hajj Kazem
Position: Position: Head of IRGC’s Intelligence Organization (since June 2022, replaced Hussein Taeb).
Background: He serves in the IRGC since 1983.
Before his current position, Kazemi was the Head of “The Information and Protection Organization to the IRGC” (2009-2022). De
facto, IRGC’s Counter-intelligence branch (part of the security division) is responsible for identifying spies and fighting infiltration in the regime’s security apparatus. Along the years he commanded numerous operations against regime opponents, which gave him the nickname “the spy hunter” among the high ranks of IRGC.
Kazemi is considered the IRGC’s highest official in terms of influence and he takes part at every operative decision the regime is about to take.
The branch works independently and answers directly to Khamenei, therefore Kazemi has close relations with him. IRGC’s “Information and protection Organization” is considered as a supreme security institution.
In 2020 he established new unit – Supervision of the affairs of Revolutionary Guards commanders and officials. The need was born after multiply operational failures due to too much talking among the high command.