Christians Feeling Caught Between Assad and Al Qaeda-linked Fighters in Syria

Neither side is good news


St. Paul found God on the road to Damascus and St. Peter is said to have preached there, but now one of the world's oldest Christian communities is caught in the middle of Syria's bloody civil war.

Distrustful of President Bashar Assad's regime, many of Syria's 2 million Christians also feel threatened by the increasing number of al Qaeda extremists boosting the ranks of rebel forces.

Before the two-year conflict — which the United Nations estimates has claimed more than 100,000 lives — Christians made up about 10 percent of Syria's population.