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Middle East Making of a 'martyr': Why would a young Iranian fight and die in Syria?

Almost a year ago, a 20-year-old Iranian's quest for martyrdom was realized in Syria, in battle with the so-called Islamic State. Today Iran trumpets his sacrifice as proof of passing the ideological torch to a new generation.

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The day Fatemeh Toosi saw her son off to the Syrian war, on a quest for martyrdom, she did not cry.

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