Insurgent-backed snipers in Damascus killed Iranian news correspondent Maya Naser and injured bureau chief Hosein Mortada today.
The newsmen were reporting on two bombings that had occurred in Damascus this morning when they were attacked by snipers. One of the bombings targeted Syria's military command buildings in the capital, according to Reuters/Chicago Tribune.
Naser (born 1979) majored in political science at Kuplan University in New York. He spoke fluent Arabic and English and had worked in the U.S.A., Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain, according to Press TV.
Press TV’s news room director Hamid Reza Emadi condemned the murder and said the governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for providing “weapons and militants to kill civilians, military personnel and journalists.” Emadi went on to say that
“Press TV will pursue the matter of the murder of Maya and would not let those who killed the correspondent feel like they can kill the media people and get away with it.”
Press TV also notes that the U.S. has provided some $25 million to the insurgents, calling it "non-lethal aid" to purchase communications devices, and the U.S. plans to continue support. While, western states call for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iran, Russia and China support the Syrian government.
Press TV claims that a very large number of the insurgents "are foreign nationals, mostly from Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan." Digital Journal earlier reported that many of the U.S. supported insurgents are in fact members of al-Qaeda.