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Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel snipers haunt Christian town of Maaloula
Washington Times ^ | September 19, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar

Posted on 09/19/2013 2:31:33 PM PDT by george76

Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels continue to haunt the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula as regime fighters struggle to regain power there.

Maaloula, about 35 miles northeast of Damascus, the capital, is nestled under a large cliff, the summit of which is controlled by the rebels. “Invisible” snipers continue to pepper the residents below.

“We never see them, but we hear the shots fired by their Dragunovs,” the Russians’ favorite sniper rifle, said a soldier as he hid behind a wall, Agence France-Presse reported.

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al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels in Maaloula had forced at least one person to convert to Islam at gunpoint and executed another one after he refused

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedarebels; alqaedasyria; christian; christianpersecution; genocide; maaloula; maalulu; putinsbuttboys; rebels; syria; syrian; syrianrebel; syrianrebels; threatmatrix

1 posted on 09/19/2013 2:31:33 PM PDT by george76
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2 posted on 09/19/2013 2:35:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statemeYup. My first thought as wt of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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The top of the cliff above Maaloula needs to be lined with land mines. LOTS of them.


3 posted on 09/19/2013 2:52:19 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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4 posted on 09/19/2013 2:52:23 PM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work, You gotta earn them.)
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Bosnia.


5 posted on 09/19/2013 2:52:33 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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Our allies against terrorism . . .


6 posted on 09/19/2013 2:54:15 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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This must be propaganda by Putin and Assad.

The Obama administration says it is an internal civil uprising and that there are no significant foreign forces involved.

(unless you count Obama supplying weapons to the rebels)


7 posted on 09/19/2013 2:55:18 PM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don’t need to be mystified about a motive.)
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