September 8th, 2013
04:44 AM ET

Syria Islamist rebels seize town

An al Qaeda-linked rebel group has wrested control of the historic Christian town of Maaloula from regime forces, opposition groups said Sunday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the hardline Islamist rebels of the al-Nusra Front seized control Saturday night.
Videos posted on YouTube in recent days showed fighting between rebels and government forces in the tiny sleepy town, an hour's drive from the capital Damascus.


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  1. chrissy

    SSDD, DW, DM and DY.

    September 8, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Did you forget you've been posting under Hopes name? Yep you do need to be more careful what you post.

    September 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lmao you are are NOT Hope, so you should quit trying to be Hope. I didn't believe it was you at first but you gave yourself away yesterday. And the clincher of course was the fact that Hope doesn't live in NY and then of course the animosity to banasy was another clue. The funny thing tho ive always kinda enjoyed reading YOUR posts. That is until you decided to take on a dif name, one that was already takin.

    September 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    And the most awful part of your behavior was the treatment you displayed @ saywhat, who has been nothing but kind to you ALWAYS! He did not deserve that in any way, shape or form. And for that you should be ashamed!!!

    September 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    And not me @ 12:37.

    September 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    your moral outrage at the use of chemical weapons in Syria (by who?) is well placed.
    Where was our world's collective conscience when 20 million gallons of chemicals was dumped on Vietnam between 1962-71?

    September 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Where was it when Saddam gassed Iranians in 1988?
    White Phosphorous used on Palestinians during 2008-2009/
    Depleted uranium used in artillery shells during Iraq war?

    September 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    It has become eminently clear by now that AlQaeda is the leading force among Syrian rebels who are mostly foreign fighters.
    So what exactly a limited strike on Syria achieve and who would it favor?

    September 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Welcome back @Mary.
    I do sincerely hope that you are not Hope (no pun intended).

    September 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    to continue.
    Unless we are planning a repeat of Iraq and Afghanistan getting mired in the muck for yet another decade. Would you honestly want that folks?

    September 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    The FACTS are in the IP addy miss mary. And as ive already stated i didnt beileve it was you at first nor did i want too. Now unfortunately i must.

    September 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    @ JR, i did not ever say YOU were Hope or Mary.

    September 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Come now guys lets not let ourselves get mired in these personals. No time for this as we stand at the brink of another war.

    September 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    both @chrissy and @banasy as i have known them are wonderful persons and wouldn't offend anyone intentionally, if i'm allowed to say so. Lets move on.

    September 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Hi @rupert
    well some amusement was needed here. But don't overdo.

    September 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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