28 May '11, 3am

Iran to aid Syria rally crackdown

WASHINGTON: Iran is sending trainers and advisers to Syria to help crush anti-government demonstrations threatening to topple Iran's most important ally in the region, The Washington Post reported late Friday. The influx of Iranian manpower was adding to a steady stream of aid from Tehran, the newspaper said, citing unnamed US officials. That aid includes not only weapons and riot gear but also sophisticated surveillance equipment that is helping Syrian authorities track down opponents through their Facebook and Twitter accounts, the sources said. Iranian-assisted computer surveillance is believed to have led to the arrests of hundreds of Syrians seized from their homes in recent weeks, the paper said. According to one diplomat and US officials, the Iranian military trainers are being brought to Damascus to instruct Syrians in techniques Iran used against the nation's "Gre...

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