"Considering your capabilities and significant experience with different revolutionary responsibilities ... I promote you to major general and commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards," Khamenei's statement read.
The shuffle was caused by the "necessity of a change in Sepah's (the Guards' Farsi name) leadership" requested by Jafari himself, according to the leader.
Quoted by ultraconservative Fars news agency, then Brigadier-General Salami advised Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in October "to practice swimming in the Mediterranean because soon you will have no choice, but flee into the sea."
Salami also reportedly said that day that Israel could be destroyed by Iran's Lebanese ally Hezbollah.
"They are not at the level of being a threat for us. Hezbollah is enough for destroying them," Fars quoted him as saying.
They answer to Khamenei and boast their own ground, naval and air forces.
Working in parallel to the regular army, the corps' mission is to "guard the (Islamic) revolution and its achievements" as well as "to realise holy ideals and to propagate the rule of God's law".
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