Ali Shamkhani (September 1955) is a two-star general. He is the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.Shamkhani was born on 29 September 1955 in Ahvaz, Khuzestan. His family is of persian Arab origin. Before the Revolution, Shamkhani was member of a clandestine Islamist guerilla group named Mansouroun (lit. ’The Victors’), engaging in armed struggle against the Pahlavi dynasty. After the revolution, he joined the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization.