TEHRAN - Eleven Iranian pilgrims recently abducted in restive Syria have been freed, an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday without speaking of the fate of more than a dozen other captive Iranians there. "With the aid of friendly countries... 11 pilgrims have been released," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters in his regular weekly briefing, without giving further details. The Turkish news agency Anatolia reported that the 11 freed Iranian pilgrims were released near the border and crossed over into Turkey by foot to the southern village of Kolcular. Turkish police picked them up to ask them questions about their ordeal, Anatolia said.