On December 27, 2014, BG Hamid Taghavi (aka Taqavi) of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force (QF) Ramazan Corps was allegedly shot by an ISIS sniper in Samarra, Iraq. His funeral was held in Tehran on December 29, 2014.

This was the most senior Iranian officer killed in Iraq since the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s, yet Western press outlets only minimally covered the story. Granted, there was greater public concern over a major search-and-rescue operation for the AirAsia jet that had disappeared by the time the news of Taghavi’s death hit the press. It is likely there was also some major Hollywood break-up that was more pressing to cover. However, since this was a very high-ranking Iranian war hero, and one with whom U.S. forces had essentially gone toe-to-toe with during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), it was surprising to see the extent of Western media coverage was basically just a retransmission of a couple Associate Press articles.

To put this into perspective, Taghavi was the equivalent of a senior, general-level staff officer assigned to a Theater Special Operations Command, who was deployed to Iraq and killed by a bunch of guerrilla fighters. The nature and location of his death raises quite a few questions.

BG Hamid Taghavi, Killed in Iraq

Who was BG Hamid Taghavi?

Little is publicly known about Hamid Taghavi. Given his rank and placement in Qods Force, he used good operational security (OPSEC) in keeping details about himself out of the public domain during his tenure, especially since he was never identified by the U.S. or the European Union in connection with their other Qods Force designations. Much of what can be pieced together about him personally is from press releases from his death.

BG Hamid Taghavi

He was 55 years old when he was killed. His hometown was Ahvaz, Iran, which is an Iranian Arab town east of Basrah, Iraq. He was an Iran – Iraq War vet and has been identified as one of the commanders of the Ramazan Base during the war.

He has been reported as either a commander or the commander at Ramazan Corps. As a senior member of Ramazan Corps, he was likely involved in the training and support of various Iraqi Shia proxy groups during OIF. According to various reports, he was killed while training Iraqi troops and Shia militia.