In a signal that journalists are being targeted by both sides in the civil war in Syria, a pro-regime Iranian reporter was killed by sniper fire apparently from rebel soldiers. It's a new angle to the disturbing pattern we've seen so far in this conflict, where most of the killings or kidnappings of foreign journalists have been done by the government.
A sniper shot Press TV correspondent Maya Nasser in the neck while he was on the air, according to Al Jazeera, and injured the state-funded news network's bureau chief Hossein Mortada in the same attack. Nasser was reporting about twin bombings in Damascus, including an attack on a military compound in the capital city that Reuters reports "gutted the army command headquarters." Iran, which supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has been accused of shipping arms to his forces, placed the blame for the attack on the West and those countries providing weapons to the rebels. "We hold Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who provide militants weapons to kill civilians, military personnel and journalists, responsible for the killing of Maya,' Hamid Reza Emadi, Press TV news director, said in Press TV's own coverage of the shooting.