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  1/11/2013, Tevet 29, 5773

Iranians Kidnapped by Syrian Rebels Released

48 Iranian nationals who were captured by Syrian rebel five months ago returned to their country on Thursday as a result of a prisoner exchange deal between the rebels and the regime in Damascus the Iranian IRNA news agency reported.

Tehran had claimed that the 48 were Shiite pilgrims who came to Syria, but the rebels and the United States claimed that they were members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who entered Syria to support the Assad regime.