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    Officials: Iran Helping Syria

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    U.S. and European officials say Iran is providing broad assistance to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to put down opposition protests. Tehran is giving Assad's security forces electronic surveillance systems, technology to disrupt social media, drones, guns,  and ammunitions a U.S. security official said. This as Syrian forces once again pounded the battered city of Homs on Saturday and tanks rolled into the northern town of Saraqib.

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