FSA: Iranians kidnapped in Syria are Revolutionary Guards

Al-Arabiya TV aired footage on Sunday of the “Free Syrian Army” abduction of 48 Iranians in Damascus in which an FSA officer charges the hostages of being elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

“FSA captured 48 of the shabiha (militiamen) of Iran who were on a reconnaissance mission in Damascus,” said a man dressed as an officer of the Free Syrian Army, in the video screened by the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV

“During the investigation, we found that some of them were officers in the Revolutionary Guards,” he said, showing documents taken from one of the men, who appeared in the background.

Iranian state TV reported yesterday that gunmen kidnapped 48 Iranian pilgrims visiting a holy site revered by Shiites in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

The pilgrims were in a tour bus heading to the Sayeda Zeinab mosque on Saturday when gunmen seized them, according to Al-Alam TV, Iran’s state-run Arabic news channel.

Iran asks Turkey , Qatar for help

Iran has asked Turkey and Qatar to help free the 48 Iranian pilgrims who are being held in Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi telephoned his Turkish and Qatari counterparts, Ahmet Davutoglu and Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Thani, late Saturday to request his assistance, the state television website reported.

“During a telephone conversation, Ali Akbar Salehi asked Ahmet Davutoglu for Turkey’s immediate intervention to liberate the Iranian pilgrims held hostage in Syria,” it said.

Davutoglu responded by promising “to study the issue and to carry out efforts as in previous cases,” it said.

Turkey played a role earlier this year in helping to free several other Iranians who had been kidnapped in Syria.

Several groups of Iranians have been abducted in Syria since the uprising began.

Five Iranian engineers were kidnapped in the flashpoint city of Homs in December. Iranian media said that they had all been released by last month. A group of pilgrims were snatched in January and another in February. Most have been released, Iranian media reported.

Al Arabiya

  • wargame1

    What kind of pilgrim go to Syria specially in and around Damascus where the government forces are indiscriminately bombing with Aircraft and artillery at the same time the Sunni resistance are trying to fight back. This is a war zone and these supposed pilgrim are going there to worship! 

    We have seen many captured shia militia from Iran , Iraq and Lebanon fighting along side the Bashar army. This matter is exposed. Well Iran is stirring the fact but they dont know that the Syrian sunnis are tough and they will punish hard against this Persian invaders. They defeated the Persian Empire here in Syria and inshallah they will defeat this menace again.

    Salahuddin Ayubi comprehended this very well. He observed the Roman Persian alliance against the Muslims and decided to boot the Fatimid dynasty out! and once he succeeded defeating the fatimid dynasty then it was easy to drive the crusaders !! 

    The companion of the Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) also had the same strategy. They were fighting a two front war in Persian and in Syria. So the Persian were busy defending their own land after being defeated in Homs and here in Syria commander Khaled Ibn Walid defeated the huge 250000 well equipped Roman Solders with his small 40000 Muslim solders. These Syrians are the progeny of the companion of the Prophet and they know the strategy and how to deal with this mess.I am sure back then the Iranian pilgrims used to visit Syria during the war. It would be wise for Bashar and the Iranian Majoosi regime not to wake this sleeping tigers up!! But now it is too late and they asked for it.

  • wargame1

    What kind of pilgrim go to Syria specially in and around Damascus where the government forces are indiscriminately bombing with Aircraft and artillery at the same time the Sunni resistance are trying to fight back. This is a war zone and these supposed pilgrim are going there to worship! 

    We have seen many captured shia militia from Iran , Iraq and Lebanon fighting along side the Bashar army. This matter is exposed. Well Iran is stirring the fact but they dont know that the Syrian sunnis are tough and they will punish hard against this Persian invaders. They defeated the Persian Empire here in Syria and inshallah they will defeat this menace again.

    Salahuddin Ayubi comprehended this very well. He observed the Roman Persian alliance against the Muslims and decided to boot the Fatimid dynasty out! and once he succeeded defeating the fatimid dynasty then it was easy to drive the crusaders !! 

    The companion of the Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) also had the same strategy. They were fighting a two front war in Persian and in Syria. So the Persian were busy defending their own land after being defeated in Homs and here in Syria commander Khaled Ibn Walid defeated the huge 250000 well equipped Roman Solders with his small 40000 Muslim solders. These Syrians are the progeny of the companion of the Prophet and they know the strategy and how to deal with this mess.It would be wise for Bashar and the Iranian Majoosi regime not to wake this sleeping tigers up!! But now it is too late and they asked for it. 

  • Soon: Next time Hizbullah commit a terror act against Israelis, against Jews abroad or against other muslims (like the murder of Rafik al Hariri) they will claim it was a just an innocent religious pilgrimage or ritual. 

    The Crusaders in the middle ages that slaughtered thousands of Muslims, Jews or other Christians (in Constantinopol) also saw themselves as some kind of pilgrims…

  • Soon: Next time Hizbullah commit a terror act against Israelis, against Jews abroad or against other muslims (like the murder of Rafik al Hariri) they will claim it was a just an innocent religious pilgrimage or ritual.