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  •  How are those Iranian captives holding up? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    by angry marmot on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 09:36:22 AM PDT

    •  3 are now dead according to rebels (1+ / 0-)
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      Syrian rebels: govt attack kills 3 Iranian captives

      Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:38 GMT

      Source: reuters // Reuters

      BEIRUT, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said three Iranian captives were killed on Monday during an air attack in Damascus province by government forces, and threatened to kill the remaining Iranians in their custody unless the army stopped its attack.

      "They were killed when the aircraft attacked. One of the houses they were in collapsed over their heads," rebel spokesman Moutassam al-Ahmad told Reuters. "We will kill the rest if the army does not stop its assault. They have one hour."

      •  Yes, I had seen that before posing the (2+ / 0-)

        question to the diarist who apparently doesn't feel the need to update his previous diary nor comment here on the ever-changing stories pushed by al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya of the FSA's claims to, then disavowal of, the brigade holding these captives. Now I don't know whether these Iranian captives are religious pilgrims or Iranian (or proxy) soldiers/militia, but I do know that the stated threats of their execution is a problem for the romantic narrative of a unified opposition suffused with Enlightenment ideals and averse to sectarian violence.

        Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

        by angry marmot on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 11:07:41 AM PDT

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