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Battle for Syria Christian Town of Maaloula Continues
BBC ^ | 9/11/13 | Jeremy Bowen

Posted on 09/11/2013 6:33:04 PM PDT by marshmallow

A BBC correspondent in Syria has said the battle for an ancient Christian town is continuing, despite reports that government forces had retaken it.

Jeremy Bowen said that a heavy gunfight with rebels was continuing in Maaloula, with smoke rising into the sky.

He added that he had not seen evidence confirming religious sites had been damaged by al-Qaeda-linked jihadists.

Then on Sunday, activists said government soldiers and pro-government militiamen had been forced to pull back to the outskirts following a fresh rebel assault.

Fighting over the town, 55km (34 miles) north of Damascus, began last week after rebels attacked a checkpoint.

Free Syrian Army (FSA) units and members of the jihadist al-Nusra Front occupied Maaloula for several hours on Thursday before withdrawing when their positions were bombed by government warplanes.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Islam; Orthodox Christian
KEYWORDS: antiwardotcom; lewrockwelldotcom; maaloula; maalulu; putinsbuttboys; randsconcerntrolls; syria

1 posted on 09/11/2013 6:33:04 PM PDT by marshmallow
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2 posted on 09/11/2013 6:43:53 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50153497n

Syrian mother says goodbye to children after reported gas attack
August 22, 2013 11:49 AM

This video obtained by the Syrian opposition shows a mother saying goodbye to her children, who were killed in a reported gas attack in the Damascus suburb of Arbeen. It could not be independently confirmed.


That ‘Syrian mother’ looks like a man in a coat and a head covering plus glasses.
She’s the first flat-chested Syrian mother I’ve ever seen.


3 posted on 09/11/2013 6:56:53 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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Nice size hands too.


4 posted on 09/11/2013 7:16:21 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray/Penance. Isa 5:18-21,10:1-3 "Tempus faciendi, Domine, dissipaverunt legem tuam")
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'She' is all over Google Images as the 'mourning mother' - reminds me of green helmet man. I'm beginning to wonder who all those little chilren belonged to, there are so few parents either dead or alive visible. Something evil is going on.

5 posted on 09/11/2013 7:32:00 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV6KG35Cx5U

‘She’ is the only ‘woman’ in this video. What bothers me is, there seem to be no dead mothers. Where are the mothers, the fathers, the grandparents? Why are the dead almost all children and young men of fighting age?


6 posted on 09/11/2013 7:46:37 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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