BBC's Muir switches fromTehran to Cyprus

Jim Muir, BBC News’ Tehran correspondent, is leaving his Middle Eastern post for Cyprus in September, after a four-year stint that took in the second Iraq war last year.

Muir, an Arabic speaker, has reported from the Middle East for more than 25 years, and was in Lebanon in 1975 when the conflict erupted there.

Between 1995 and 2000 he was BBC Middle East correspondent, based in Cairo.

More recently, he has covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the US-led ‘War on Terrorism.’ During the Iraq war, he was based in the north of the country, reporting on the Kurdish fighters’ role in the conflict.

He was working with cameraman Kaveh Golestan when he was killed by a land mine in April last year.

Muir will also freelance for other news agencies while in Cyprus.

He was originally based in the country during the 1980s, after he was forced to leave the Middle East because of death threats from a Syrian group.

Frances Harrison, transferring from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and freelance Miranda Eeles, will replace him in Iran’s capital.

By Wale Azeez

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