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article imageAl-Qaeda linked rebels capture Christian village in Syria

By Sami Zaatari     Sep 8, 2013 in World
Al-Qaeda linked rebels belonging to the Nusra Front managed to capture the village of Maaloula after days of fighting against regime troops.
According to activists, Syrian soldiers moved out of the village and to the village's outskirts, with rebels moving in and taking full control of the area.
The rebel offensive for the village was led by the Nusra Front, which has declared it's allegiance to Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Residents of the town have reported gunmen attacking and ransacking churches, one resident speaking by telephone said the town had become a "ghost town" and asking where was President Obama now to see what had happened to the village's inhabitants at the hands of rebels.
Syrian state media meanwhile has said that the army was continuing its offensive to dislodge rebels from the area, reporting that the army was operating on the town's entrances.
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