Syrian rebels: Kidnapped Iranians are Revolutionary Guards

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 5, 2012 16:46

 
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Syrian rebels claimed the 48 Iranians kidnapped on Saturday are members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and not pilgrims as Iran alleged, according to footage aired by Al-Arabiya on Sunday.

The rebels “captured 48 of the Shabiha (militiamen) of Iran who were on a reconnaissance mission in Damascus,” said a man dressed as an officer of the Free Syrian Army, in the video aired by Al-Arabiya.

Iranian news agency IRNA reported Sunday that Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akber Salehi appealed to both Qatar and Turkey, countries formally assisting the Syrian opposition, for help securing the release of the hostages. Turkey and Qatar have supported the mostly-Sunni rebels in Syria.

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