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Report: Syria Uses Iranian Snipers to Kill Citizens

6:34 PM, Aug 16, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Scotsman reports that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad is now using Iranian snipers to target his citizens: 

IRANIAN snipers are being used in Syria to put down the growing tide of demonstrations against president Bashar al-Assad, claims a member of the regime's secret police who has fled to Turkey. The 25-year-old officer offered a detailed account of increasingly brutal tactics used by security forces to end the five-month uprising, including parading women naked through the streets and shoot-to-kill orders against unarmed protesters.

He said he had beaten prisoners and shot at protesters in Dasmascus. At times during the past two months he was aware of Iranian troops operating alongside his team in the Syrian capital.

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