Eulogizing foreign fighter in 1980-88 war

The presenter of this Farsi-language news report from Iranian state media introduces it, saying: “Kamal Korsoul was born in Paris to a Christian family, to a Tunisian father and Christian French mother. His family has not known about his fate for many years.”

The clip showing Kamal Karsoul’s father speaking about his son is dubbed into Farsi. He says: “Around  four or five years ago, I searched for the martyr’s name [his son Kamal Karsoul] in Google, and I was shocked for a moment when I saw it written there, that he was martyred.” 

The narrator then takes up the story again, saying: “He was a 17-year-old Christian, but through his father, he became a [Sunni] Muslim. However, after meeting with Iranian students in Paris and being impressed by the ‘Dua-Kumay’ [Khomeil-prayer, a supplication famous among Shia], he became Shiite.”

Korsoul’s father then speaks again, saying, with the voice over translating his words into Farsi, saying: “He found himself very interested in Imam Khomeini, Peace Be Upon Him. Because of this, a love grew inside him, which resulted in him traveling to the Qom Seminary for an education.” 

The footage then shifts to a classmate of Korsoul’s at the famous Shiite seminary in Qom, who recollects his time there, saying: “I was his classmate in the Hojjiatieh School, where I got to know Mr. Kamal Korsoul. He was calm and quiet. He wasn’t satisfied with only familiarizing himself with religious issues; he wanted to turn these teachings into action.”  

The video then shifts back to Korsoul’s father, with the voiceover once again translating his words into Farsi, as he says: “After the war [the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war] broke out, he felt a sense of responsibility as he insisted on taking part in the war [to fight for Iran], despite the fact that I prevented him a couple of times from participating in the war. However, he was persistent, and after insisting several times, he managed to get himself dispatched to the war.”  

The narrator says: “Now after 30 years of waiting, the martyr’s grave hosts the steps of his father and the moment of reunion which is indescribable.”  

Korsoul’s father, seen sitting in a wheelchair beside his elderly wife, says: “I am proud that my son took a step on this path.”  

Another of Korsoul’s seminary classmates is then shown, saying: “He enjoyed great popularity among the guys; he was quiet and religious and fond of prayer.” 

An Iranian woman, present at the graveyard during the visit by Korsoul’s father, says: “I felt I had to attend today’s event because now after the father of this martyr came here, he won’t feel he is alone. So I came with this intention.” 

Another Iranian woman present during the father’s somber graveside visit, says: “I came here to congratulate him [his father] and I wish to God that we go to the same way that such martyrs have gone.”

The narrator concludes by stating that the martyr Kamal Korsoul while he was 22-year old, was martyred in the ‘Mersad’ operation, demonstrating that resistance knows no border.

Ending his report from Korsoul’s graveside, the state TV news reporter says, “This great martyr was consciously following the Khomeinist School and, just like the Hosseini culture, his name reached perfection.”