15 Apr '11, 9pm

US fears Iran is meddling in Syrian protests: The United States said on Thursday that Iran appears to be helping...

The United States said on Thursday that Iran appears to be helping Syria crack down on protesters, calling it a troubling example of Iranian meddling in the region and an indication that Syria's President Bashar Assad is not interested in real reform. The accusation came as Mr Assad ordered the release of hundreds of people detained during a month of demonstrations in an attempt to quell public anger toward his government. US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the US has "credible information" Iran was helping its closest Arab ally put down the protests. Syria's Foreign Ministry denied the claims. On Friday, tens of thousands of people held protests in Syrian cities demanding far greater reforms than the limited concessions offered by Mr Assad recently. Witnesses said 10,000 people rallied in the southern city of Deraa but there was no immediate sign of army and se...

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