Iran replaces US-trained air force chief

October 28, 2006 17:45

Iran replaced its air force chief Saturday, state-run media reported. The country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appointed Gen. Ahmad Mighani as the new air force chief, state TV said. He would succeed Gen. Karim Ghavami, who held the post for two years. The report did not elaborate or explain any reason for Ghavami's replacement, which came earlier than expected. A US-trained pilot, Ghavami commanded military maneuvers in September, when Iran's air force test-fired a new air defense system, fighter planes and laser-guided bombs. The change came ahead of an multinational Persian Gulf naval exercise next week.

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