Iran Helping Syrian Government Suppress Citizens?

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BY: CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. “Bystanders say...
BY: CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. “Bystanders say six killed and dozens more wounded when security forces opened fire on protesters...” (euronews) After weeks of violent -- even brutal crackdowns against protesters in Syria -- U.S. officials now say -- Iran might be playing puppet master there. According to a pro-democracy group in Syria -- more than 200 protesters have been killed -- but it’s not just the Syrian government who might have blood on its hands. An unnamed U.S. official told The Wall Street Journal... “We believe that Iran is materially assisting the Syrian government in its efforts to suppress their own people...” That aid coming in the form of equipment to quell the rebellion, as well as help “monitoring and blocking” opposition leaders’ Internet activity. The revelation is not a huge surprise. U.S. officials have warned Iran might use Middle East unrest as an opportunity to spread its influence. The concern -- according to the Telegraph is... “...Tehran is also examining ways of helping Shia populations in Bahrain and Yemen rising up against their rulers.” And that could begin a domino effect -- reports the Christian Science Monitor: “Iran's involvement ... could challenge US and Saudi influence in the region, destabilize US allies, and heighten sectarian tensions...” But The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Rosenberg -- who broke the story -- cautions against making the story bigger than it really “Right now Iran appears more to be looking for ways to get involved than doing anything substantial. But I think right now the reason we’re getting this right now is people in the U.S. want to send a message to the Iranians that we’re watching, we know what you’re doing. At the same time we want to assuage the fears that we’re somehow being soft on Iran.” On Thursday Syrian President Bashar Assad introduced his new cabinet. He sacked his entire government two weeks ago in an effort to appease protesters. Get more multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
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