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Syria sends reinforcements to Christian village

Indy voter Wrote: Sep 06, 2013 6:29 AM
Where are our Christian leaders? Why are they not speaking out? Christians are being beheaded by the rebels and all we hear about is the gas attack and it is not even clear who did that. Who will speak for the Christian victims?

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government sent reinforcements, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, to a predominantly Christian village north of Damascus where rebels have battled regime troops this week, a monitoring group said Friday.

Opposition fighters led by an al-Qaida-linked rebel faction attacked the ancient mountainside sanctuary of Maaloula on Wednesday, and briefly entered the village a day later before pulling out in the evening. The assault has spotlighted fears among Syria's religious minorities about the prominent role of Islamic extremists in the rebel ranks fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad's regime.

The government forces sent to Maaloula have taken up positions...