Syrian army moves to retake Maaloula

Members of the Free Syrian Army arrive at the Convent of Saint Takla in Maaloula, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, to dismiss rumors that they were burnt. (The Daily Star/Syrian Media Center/YouTube grab)

10/9/13 BEIRUT: Syrian troops launched an offensive Monday against rebel-held positions on hills overlooking a mainly Christian village as they moved to regain control of the ancient community near the capital, Damascus, activists said. The battle for Maaloula has stoked fears among Syrian Christians that the alternative to Assad’s regime – which is made up mostly of ...

Suicide blast in Christian neighborhood in Syria kills 4

Associated Press - 27/6/13 DAMASCUS, Syria –  A suicide attacker blew himself up near one of the main churches in the Syrian capital Thursday, killing at least four people, state-run TV said. The blast struck in the vicinity of the Greek Orthodox Virgin Mary Church in the predominantly Christian neighborhood of Bab Sharqi in central Damascus, according ...