Iran Says 11 Pilgrims Kidnapped in Syria

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Eleven Iranian pilgrims have been kidnapped in unrest-swept Syria, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, calling on Damascus to help secure their release.

"According to our information, 11 Iranian pilgrims travelling by road to Damascus were kidnapped by an unknown group," said ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, quoted by the state news agency IRNA.

"We call on the Syrian government to use all means ... to release the Iranian nationals," he said.

In a similar incident in late December, seven Iranian engineers were kidnapped in the Homs region of central Syria, a hub of deadly unrest which has swept the Arab state since last March.

Syria is Iran's main ally in the Arab world. Anti-regime circles have accused Tehran of aiding the regime's crackdown on dissent.

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Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) over 7 years

I saw on TV some bearded snipers that were caught. Are these "pilgrims" also snipers that bring guns to Syria?

Enough with the Shia lies of "unknown groups" and "armed gangs". The Free Syrian army got them. Screw you Iran. People are breaking away from your grip and the evil ASSad regiome.

Thumb shab over 7 years

Pilgrims = terrorist butchering civilians like they did against the brave Druze

Default-user-icon Tommy Flanagan (Guest) over 7 years

"Iranian pilgrims" yeah, pilgrims, yeah, visiting a hub of deadly unrest, yeah, in fact they were from the Iranian pilgrims anonymous, yeah right, one of the eleven is even the president of the organization, yeah, that's the ticket, yeah, you betcha.

Default-user-icon Tommy Flanagan (Guest) over 7 years

"Iranian pilgrims" yeah, pilgrims, yeah, visiting a hub of deadly unrest, yeah, in fact they were from the Iranian pilgrims anonymous, yeah right, one of the eleven is even the president of the organization, yeah, that's the ticket, yeah, you betcha.

Default-user-icon Tommy Flanagan (Guest) over 7 years

"Iranian pilgrims" yeah, pilgrims, yeah, visiting a hub of deadly unrest, yeah, in fact they were from the Iranian pilgrims anonymous, yeah right, one of the eleven is even the president of the organization, yeah, that's the ticket, yeah, you betcha.

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) over 7 years

Yah haram.....here is a video of the poor little pilgrims. Bearded thugs dressed in black, Shabiha from the Ayatollah. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hlgPMlklJSU

Default-user-icon Le PheneChien (Guest) over 7 years

Pilgrims missing? the last time I checked the regime is master at employing Shabiha and kidnapping foreigners so that when the hostages are released then the terrorist regime gets the credit and money for freeing them.