(SANA/Associated Press )
September 8, 2013
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency, SANA, a Syrian military solider fires a heavy machine gun during clashes Saturday with rebels in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital of Damascus. Rebels including al-Qaida-linked fighters gained control of Maaloula, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle, suggesting regime forces were winning.