Report: Iran diplomat assassinated in Syria

August 1, 2012 11:11

Syrian opposition sources told Al Arabiya that an Iranian diplomat was assassinated in the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday. Al Arabiya said it was not able to confirm the report or to find more details from other sources.

Meanwhile, the head of the rebel Free Syrian Army attacked on Wednesday the formation of a new political coalition outside Syria that plans to establish a transitional government, calling its leaders opportunists who seek to divide the opposition and benefit from the rebels' gains.

The Council for the Syrian Revolution was launched by a group of 70 exiled Syrian activists at a news conference in Cairo on Tuesday.

The emergence of new alliance marks the latest effort by Syria's divided opposition to forge a political alternative to Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces are trying to put down a 16-month armed uprising.

An unnamed source at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus told the Mehr News Agency that the report was a fabrication.

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