UN Troops Seized By Syrian Rebels

Opposition fighters detained 21 Filipino peacekeepers near the village of Jamlah in the Golan Heights on Wednesday. The abduction marked the first time since U.N. troops began patrolling an Israeli-Syrian armistice line in the Golan Heights nearly 40 years ago that U.N. forces have encountered trouble during their mission, said Timor Goksel, a Beirut-based former United Nations official in the region. One of the videos posted online shows three men dressed in camouflage and blue bullet-proof vests emblazoned with the U.N. and "Philippines." "We, the U.N. personnel here, are safe, and the Free Syrian Army are treating us good," one of them says in English. "We cannot go home because the government of (President Bashar) Assad do not stop the bombing. To our family, we hope to see you soon and we are OK here."