Orthodox Priest Kidnapped in the Syrian city of Idlib

Report: priest kidnapped after Syrian city falls to rebels

CatholicCulture.org - 4/4/15 Report: priest kidnapped after Syrian city falls to rebels. The al-Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group that is a branch of al-Qaeda, has seized control of Idlib, a city of 165,000 in northwestern Syria. The Fides news agency reported that Father Ibrahim Farah, a Greek Orthodox priest who chose to remain in the city, has been ...

Gunman kills Dutch priest in Homs

9/4/14 A single gunman walked into the monastery, entered the garden and shot the  priest in the head. DAMASCUS, Syria — A beloved, elderly Dutch priest who made headlines this year  with a desperate plea for aid for civilians trapped in the besieged Syrian city  of Homs was assassinated Monday by a masked gunman who shot him ...

Syrian Rebels Kidnap Nuns as They Invade Christian Town of Maaloula Again

 Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter - 3/12/13 Syrian rebels have reportedly re-entered the historic Christian town of Maaloula, north of the country's capital of Damascus, this week while battling forces loyal to the country's President Bashar al-Assad. The rebel forces have been occupying the small, predominately Christian town intermittently for the past several months as they ...

Al-Qaida-linked rebels battle army for control of Syrian Christian town

    Associated Press - 22/10/13 BEIRUT — Syrian government forces battled Tuesday with al-Qaida-linked rebels trying to capture an ancient Christian town north of Damascus, activists and the state media said. The Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, appear to have targeted Sadad because of its strategic location near the main highway north of Damascus, rather than because it ...

Syrian Army battles jihadists in ancient Christian village

11/9/13 Sporadic fighting continues after Syrian government troops have regained control of the village of Maaloula, a center of Christianity in the region. RT’s correspondent reports from the village, amid shooting and fighter jets hovering overhead. The Syrian Army says there are no militants in the hotel as they were kicked out by regime forces. “We are being ...

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 ...

Jihadists re-take historic Syrian Christian village as stand-off continues

9/9/13 Islamist Nusra Front forces have re-captured Syria’s oldest Christian community from government troops in a night of fighting. The small village of Maaloula, once a peaceful spiritual place, became a battlefield on Wednesday. The rebels captured the symbolically important village after forcing out government troops, who had previously pushed the insurgents to the mountainous outskirts of ...

Syria rebels withdraw from ancient Christian town of Maaloula

6/9/13 Syrian rebels have withdrawn after briefly entering an ancient Christian town north of Damascus, the main opposition alliance has said. Free Syrian Army (FSA) units captured military positions outside Maaloula after heavy clashes with government forces and militiamen on Thursday. The National Coalition said they were in the vicinity for several hours, "but did not attack any ...

Syrian Rebels to Assyrians: Convert to Islam to Keep Your Jobs

7/8/13 Al Thawrah, Syria (AINA) -- Accounts by Assyrian refugees from al-Thawrah (also known as al-Tabqah) reveal the real face of the Islamist undercurrent within the Syrian opposition. Furthermore, these accounts serve as a stark and chilling reminder of what has already been suffered by non-Muslim communities in Iraq since 2003. On February 11, rebel fighters from the al-Nusra Front ...