Farnaz Fassihi’ mother “Fereshteh Tavakoli” co-founder of (ISCC) in the U.S.
She worked as a stringer for Western media organizations in Iran, including The New York Times. She was a 2015 Nieman fellow at Harvard University. In the early morning hours after the Pentagon confirmed Donald Trump ordered a targeted drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani on 3 January 2020, Fassihi shared a video on Twitter which has been accused by social media users of spreading Iranian propaganda and attempting to garner sympathy for whom she called the “shadow commander”. Several journalists slammed Fassihi for spreading fake news after she tweeted “unconfirmed” reports by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps which said missiles were being fired at the U.S. Ain Assad Air Base in Iraq.