Farnaz Fassihi
Farnaz Fassihi
Journalist @nytimes Former @WSJ @starledger @projo War Correspondent | Author | Mideast Iran Afghanistan Ellis Island Medal of Honor @Columbia & @Harvard AlumSource
New York City, NY
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Anatomy of a Lie: How Iran Covered Up the Downing of an Airliner

Anatomy of a Lie: How Iran Covered Up the Downing of an Airliner

For three days, Iranian military officials knew they had shot down a Ukrainian jetliner while the government issued false statements, denying any responsibility. When the Revolutionary Guards officer spotted what he thought was an unidentified aircraft near Tehran’s international airport, he had seconds to decide whether to pull the trigger. Iran had just fired a barrage of ballistic missiles at American forces, the country was on high alert for an American counterattack, and the Iranian military was warning of incoming cruise missiles. The officer tried to reach the command center for...

February 3, 2020
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The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Control Killing Machine

The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Control Killing Machine

Iran’s top nuclear scientist woke up an hour before dawn, as he did most days, to study Islamic philosophy before his day began. That afternoon, he and his wife would leave their vacation home on the Caspian Sea and drive to their country house in Absard, a bucolic town east of Tehran, where they planned to spend the weekend. Iran’s intelligence service had warned him of a possible assassination plot, but the scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, had brushed it off. Convinced that Mr. Fakhrizadeh was leading Iran’s efforts to build a nuclear bomb, Israel had wanted to kill him for at least 14...

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Leaked Iranian Intelligence Reports Expose Tehran’s Vast Web of Influence in Iraq

Leaked Iranian Intelligence Reports Expose Tehran’s Vast Web of Influence in Iraq

In mid-October, with unrest swirling in Baghdad, a familiar visitor slipped quietly into the Iraqi capital. The city had been under siege for weeks, as protesters marched in the streets, demanding an end to corruption and calling for the ouster of the prime minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi. In particular, they denounced the outsize influence of their neighbor Iran in Iraqi politics, burning Iranian flags and attacking an Iranian consulate. The visitor was there to restore order, but his presence highlighted the protesters’ biggest grievance: He was Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, head of Iran’s...

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