Vía Bikya Masr:
Syrian rebels hold seven Iranians, says senior defector
Ramadan al-Fatash | 28 January 2012
Cairo (dpa) – Syrian rebels are holding seven Iranians, including five military experts, the deputy chief of the dissident Syrian Free Army Colonel Malek al-Kurdi said in remarks published on Saturday.
The Iranians were arrested in the restive Syrian city of Homs, al-Kurdi told the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat.
According to him, five of the arrests are experts from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the other two are civilians.
Al-Kurdi gave no details about their whereabouts or what the rebels plan to do with them.
The Iranian state news Agency IRNA reported on Thursday that eleven pilgrims have been kidnapped in Syria.
The Syrian opposition has accused Iran, Syria’s main regional ally, of aiding the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in quelling unprecedented pro-democracy protests.