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article imageSyrian troops fight rebels linked to Al-Qaeda in Christian village

By Sami Zaatari     Sep 5, 2013 in World
Syrian troops have been involved in fighting against rebels, including Al-Qaeda-linked fighters belonging to the Nusra Front, inside and around the Christian village of Maaloula.
The village of Maaloula is listed on UNESCO'S tentative list of world heritage sites.
The fighting in the village began on Wednesday when a suicide bomber struck a military checkpoint at the entrance to the village. After the bombing militants began to enter the village, patrolling the streets on foot and car.
By Thursday rebel fighters had left the village with the fighting taking place in the surrounding mountainous areas, residents of the village have spoken about their fear of rebels returning to the village later on.
The latest fighting in Syria comes as the U.S. continues to push for a military strike against the Syrian regime, for it's alleged role in using chemical weapons.
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has voted in approval for a limited military operation in Syria, the proposition will now be put forward to both houses of congress to vote on.
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