Mideast Syria

September 9, 2013 - 2:35 PM
FILE -- In this Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian military solider fires a heavy machine gun during clashes with rebels in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria. Syrian troops launched an attack Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, on suspected rebel-held positions on hills overlooking a Christian-majority village near the capital Damascus, two days after rebel forces captured the ancient community, an activist group said. (AP Photo/SANA, File)