The bearded young man looks stoically into the camera, his impassive expression betraying no fear as his captor prepares to commit a televised murder.
It is a scene horrifically familiar to anyone who was shocked by the Jihadi John videos – and Mohsen Hojaji’s murder had no less of an impact in his home country of Iran when he was murdered by Islamic State (Isil) terrorists last year.
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But for many Iranians, the 25-year-old from Isfahan in central Iran is more than just another victim of Isil.
Hojaji was a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps fighting in Syria, and the government has used his bravery – and his portrait – to galvanise support for the country’s military embroilment that now…
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