Faruk Al-Bashir (Persian: فرخ البشیر), sometimes spelled Farukh Al-Bashir, is the secondary antagonist featured in the singleplayer campaign of Battlefield 3.
Following a coup that resulted after a catastrophic earthquake in the Iran-Iraq border, Faruk comes into power in Iran. He is the leader of the Iranian insurgency known as the People's Liberation and Resistance.
He is first seen in the game when Blackburn and his squad view security camera footage near the bank's vault, showing him with Solomon and a PLR soldier through a CCTV feed. Afterwards, when Jonathan Miller is captured during Fear No Evil, he goes on video and delivers a short, two-sentence monologue, in which Solomon proceeds to execute Miller.
In Night Shift, the Marines are sent to capture Al-Bashir. However, he gets into a car crash when he tries to escape and later dies of his wounds while being extracted by the Marines.
Before he died, Al-Bashir gave critical intel to Blackburn about the day the bombs are set to explode while also cursing Solomon for "using everyone" to his own advantage. A cellular phone was also recovered on the corpse of Al-Bashir later to be inspected for intel.
- When he was extracted and interrogated by the Marines, he always referred to and pronounced Solomon as "Sulaiman" (Persian: سليمان)
- In the book Battlefield 3: The Russian, it is mentioned that Al-Bashir was a former General of the Iranian Air Force.
- His face is plastered on propaganda posters in some multiplayer maps; stating "savior" in Persian on them.
- A casting call for the game referred to Al-Bashir as being a war hero and also being an opportunist.
- His description in the casting call says, "Leader of an Iranian political coalition. Former war hero with a messianic belief in his cause. Charismatic opportunist who rules his coalition with an iron fist."