Mideast-Syria_Horo-31-e1365591352163-635x357Syrian state media said troops killed scores of al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels in an ambush near the capital, Damascus. Wednesday’s report by SANA said the rebels, belonging to the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, were killed near Oteibah Lake southeast of Damascus.  According to SANA, quoting a military source, 175 people were killed in the operation. The news outlet published photos showing slain fighters lined in a row along a dirt road. The attack was apparently the deadliest against the rebels for months. SANA said an army unit “spotted Al-Nusra Front (jihadist) and Liwa al-Islam (Islamist) terrorists” near Damascus, and “killed 175 of them and wounded several others.” Saudis, Qataris and Chechens were among the dead, it said. More