US: Iran helping Syria put down anti-gov't protests

April 15, 2011 03:53


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WASHINGTON - There are signs Iran is helping Syria put down anti-government protests with advice on monitoring and blocking Internet use, training security forces and supplying riot gear, a US official said on Thursday.

The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there are "very strong indications" that Iran is helping the Syrians crack down on protesters with advice on how to track or block their Internet use, training on how to put down demonstrations and the supply of riot control equipment.

"We believe that there is credible information that Iran is assisting Syria. I am not going to get into details about that material assistance, but it's of real concern to us," Toner told reporters at his daily briefing.

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