Amir Ali Hajizadeh

Also Known As: 

Amir Ali Haji Zadeh
Amirali Hajizadeh

امیرعلی حاجی‌زاده

Weapon Program: 

  • Military

Related Country: 

  • North Korea
Amir Ali Hajizadeh

A brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and, since 2009, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force; according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, oversees Iran's ballistic missile program.

Previous roles reportedly include:

  • chief of the central IRGC artillery staff
  • deputy commander of the Hadid group, a missile unit within the IRGC artillery division
  • engineering commander and reconstruction base commander for the IRGC Air Force
  • acting operational commander of the IRGC Air Force
  • air defense commander of the IRGC Air Force

Claimed to be involved in the planning and execution of the January 8, 2020, ballistic missile attack against U.S. service members at Ayn al-Asad Airbase in Iraq; accepted responsibility for the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 on January 8, 2020; according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, oversees the bureaucracy responsible for downing a U.S. unmanned aircraft on June 20, 2019.

Reportedly joined the IRGC between 1980 and 1982; in late 1986, reportedly traveled to North Korea to facilitate the purchase of missiles and missile components; reportedly coordinated engineering and tunneling projects for the IRGC Air Force.

Reportedly in 1962.


Listed by the European Union on January 23, 2012, as a person linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; with some exceptions, EU member states must freeze assets owned or controlled by the person, directly or indirectly, and prevent assets from being made available to the person; with some exceptions, EU member states must also prevent the person's entry into or transit through their territories.

Added on June 24, 2019, to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), blocking the person’s assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism; also subject to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations; foreign parties facilitating transactions for the person or otherwise assisting the person are subject to U.S. sanctions.

Sanctioned by the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom, restricting business and/or financial transactions with the person and/or freezing the person’s assets in those countries.

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Date Entered: 

March 2, 2011

Date Last Modified: 

October 24, 2022