48 Captives Are Iran ‘Thugs,’ Say Rebels in Syria
New York Times / Thomas Erdbrink & Steven Lee Myers

A group of Syrian rebels took responsibility on Sunday for the kidnapping of 48 Iranians in Damascus a day earlier, but the rebels insisted that their captives were members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, not religious pilgrims as Iran’s official news agency had reported.

The rebels also warned that Iranians who helped the Assad government would face the same fate: they will end up “dead or as hostages.”

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