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Iran’s defense minister rejected reports that the Islamic Republic has sent military forces to Syria to help the government of President Bashar al-Assad fight rebels, Tehran Times reported.

Iran hasn’t dispatched any soldiers and the Syrian government hasn’t asked Iran to do so, Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said at a press conference in Tehran yesterday, the newspaper reported.

This denial comes after 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.

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