Iran's Press TV Channel says its correspondent Maya Nasser has been shot dead by a sniper while reporting on air about today's twin blasts in Damascus. Patrick Henningsen - a geopolitical analyst for the current affairs website "UK Column" - believes the Iranian journalist's death is unlikely to be an accident.
Henningsen also highlights the role of foreign fighters in Syria, who are logistically, materially and financially supported by US and western governments.
“They can do that because they have the backing of the US, the Foreign Office in Britain, France, Israel and all of the Gulf States who seem to have some sort of international mandate in the international community. What you’ve got also here is the propaganda war has taken an ugly turn, and I believe that the recent shooting of the Press TV bureau correspondent was a targeted assassination because he was working for an Iranian state broadcaster,” he said.