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My reporting for Reuters: A full-length animated film depicting an armed confrontation between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the U.S. Navy is soon to open in Iranian cinemas, amid rising tensions over President Donald Trump’s hardening rhetoric against Tehran. The director of the “Battle of Persian Gulf II”, Farhad Azima, said that it was a remarkable

Abandoning a long-standing reticence, Iranians are increasingly candid about their involvement in Syria’s war, and informal recruiters are now openly calling for volunteers to defend the Islamic Republic and fellow Shi’ites against Sunni militants.   With public opinion swinging behind the cause, numbers of would-be fighters have soared far beyond what Tehran is prepared to

My report for Reuters: When Iran took delivery of the first parts of an advanced Russian air defense system this month, it paraded the anti-aircraft missile launchers sent by Moscow to mark Army Day. Tehran had cause to celebrate: the Kremlin’s decision a year ago to press ahead with the stalled sale of the S-300

My updated artcile for BBC News Switch on the television in Iran these days and it won’t be long before you see General Qasem Soleimani. The once reclusive head of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force has emerged from a lifetime in the shadows directing covert operations abroad, to achieve almost celebrity status in Iran.

I wrote this artcile for BBC Online. A few years ago, it was almost impossible to find a photograph of Qasem Soleimani. Now Iranian TV channels show documentaries about him, and his picture is on the front page of many newspapers. For Gen Soleimani the time has come to emerge from the shadows and reap

In the BBC’s Dateline London, I tried to explain why the US plan to strike Syria is mainly about stopping Iran – as CIA support for Saddam Hussein to use chemical weapon in 1988 was to stop Iran as well. The British parliament rejects the idea of intervening militarily in Syria. Does this require soul-searching

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