A Syrian rebel group published video footage in which it accuses the Iranian captives of espionage. (© AP/dapd)
Syrian rebels apparently abducted 48 Iranians on Saturday. According to reports from a Saudi broadcaster, the captives are members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Iranian state media report by contrast that they belong to a group of pilgrims. The incident reveals the Assad regime's dependency on Tehran, which will ultimately be the dictator's downfall, commentators write.