cross-referenced news and research resources about

 ancient Christian town of Maaloula, Syria logo
images:  google   yahoo YouTube

updated Fri. February 24, 2023

Qatar's alleged funding to terrorist groups, including Al-Nusra, was estimated at $64.2 billion between 2010 and 2015, as well as $46 million that the Gulf emirate had paid in ransom for the group to release an American reporter and Maaloula nuns who were seized by Al-Nusra in Syria. Doha's support was ...

Maaloula has been a well-known town in the Christian world. However, after it was seized by the Jabhat Nusra terror group (banned in Russia) in 2013, it has become known worldwide. That year nuns and the local convent's mother superior Pelagia was taken hostage by the militants. Abbas Ibrahim ...
Remarkably, Maaloula was spared the atrocities endured elsewhere across Syria -- the rebels even freed several nuns taken hostage as part of a prisoner exchange involving 150 women and children held by the Syrian government. The Syrian army eventually pushed the Islamist group out of Maaloula in ...
The 14th-century Christian town of Maaloula is rising again from the ruins and rubble of eight months of occupation by insurgents determined to obliterate churches, convents and Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus and his disciples. The streets of the newer quarters and narrow alleyways of the old city ...
Maaloula never had the strategic value of other nearby areas, such as the city of Yabroud to the north, which was recaptured by the military in March. But it possesses vivid symbolic importance. The Christian enclave has long been a signature site for Syria's diverse assemblage of faiths and ethnicities.
The Diab family can never return to Maaloula. Not since the Christians of this beautiful and sacred town saw their Muslim neighbours leading the armed Nusrah Islamists to their homes. Georgios remembers how he peered over his balcony and saw Mohamed Diab and Ossama Diab and Yasser Diab and ...
Most of the town's residents have fled, and Maaloula, one of the last places where Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is still spoken by Christians and some Muslims, has become a one-word argument against Western support for the rebels — at the worst possible time for Mr. Obama and the opponents of Mr.
MAALOULA, Syria — In a country clouded by conflict, where neighbors and families are now divided by sectarian hatred, this mountaintop town renowned for its spiritual healing qualities and restorative air is an oasis of tolerance. Residents of the ancient and mainly Christian town — one of the last places ...


news and opinion




Syrian towns:
      abu kamal
      ayn al‑arab
      deir ez‑zor
      ein tarma
      khan al‑assal
      khirbet ghazaleh