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Major Victory for Damascus as Rebels Agree to Give up the City of Homs

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From Homs, the capital of the Syrian revolution.
Homs, the capital of the Syrian revolution.
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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A deal has been reached for thousands of insurgents to leave the last opposition-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs and for state institutions to return to the area, an opposition- monitoring group and a Syrian official said Tuesday.  Homs residents were among the first to rise up against President Bashar Assad in 2011, and the city was once known as “the capital of the revolution.” Government forces gradually retook the entire city except for the Waer neighborhood, where the latest deal was reached. The departure of the insurgents will leave Syria's third-largest city under complete government control.

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Natylie Baldwin is co-author of Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated, available from Tayen Lane Publishing. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various publications including Sun Monthly, Dissident Voice, (more...)

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