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Report: Iran pulls elite army unit from Syria in wake of Tehran protests

Posted By admin On October 7, 2012 @ 3:57 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Haaretz and Reuters [1]
Oct 7, 2012

Iran has pulled members of a special forces unit stationed in Syria, the Sunday Times reported, in response to mounting criticism of the cost of Tehran’s involvement in the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Tehran’s Grand Bazaar reopened under close police supervision on Saturday, traders said, days after it was shut by clashes between riot police and protesters blaming the government for the collapse of the Iranian currency.

On Wednesday, riot police fired tear gas, fought demonstrators and arrested money changers in and around the bazaar. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed speculators for the rial’s slide, which is eating into living standards and destroying jobs in the industrial sector.

On Sunday, the Times reported that, amid protests, Iran has withdrawn 275 members of Unit 400, part of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, which had reportedly assisted Assad’s troops in the fight against opposition forces.

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