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 ...

Syria civil war: Civilians flee after rebels re-take Christian town of Maaloula

9/9/13 Rebels led by al-Qa’ida-linked fighters gained control of a Christian town north-east of the capital, Damascus, Syrian activists said on Sunday, while government media continued to claim that regime forces were winning. Maaloula, strategically located in the mountains overlooking Damascus, is a Unesco World Heritage Site, hailed as a beacon of Christianity and one of ...