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In Ancient Syrian City, Fighting Has Stopped But Rebuilding Is Scarce

Homs was one of the places where the Syrian uprising began. The government has driven out its opponents in 2014, but much of the city remains in ruins, waiting to be rebuilt.

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In Ancient Syrian City, Fighting Has Stopped But Rebuilding Is Scarce

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