Syrian village ‘liberated’ by rebels… who then forced Christians to convert to Islam

Posted: September 9, 2013 in -

Engineering Evil

  • Syrian rebels including al-Qaida-linked  fighters have gained control of a Christian village north-east of the capital  Damascus
  • Government media has provided a different  account suggesting regime forces are winning
  • The battle is taking place in Maaloula, a  scenic mountain village where people still speak the ancient Middle Eastern  language of Aramaic

By  Tara Brady

PUBLISHED: 14:27 EST, 8  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 15:02 EST, 8 September 2013

 

Syrian rebels including al-Qaida-linked  fighters have gained control of a Christian village north-east of the capital  Damascus, it has been claimed today.

However, government media has provided a  dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces are  winning.

It has been impossible to independently  verify reports from Maaloula, a scenic mountain community known for being one of  the few places in the world where people still speak the ancient Middle Eastern  language of Aramaic.

A Syrian military solider fires a heavy machine gun during clashes with rebels in Maaloula 

A Syrian military solider fires a…

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