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    Homs is fully cleared of rebels:

    The Syrian government says its forces have regained total control of the central city of Homs after rebels left the last district under their control.

    About 700 rebels and their families, a total of nearly 3,000 people, were evacuated on buses from al-Wair district, government officials say.

    "The city of Homs is completely clear of weapons and militants," provincial governor Talal Barazi said.

    Many fighters were going to the rebel-held Idlib province, in the north-west.

    Some were heading to Jarablus, an area in northern Syria controlled by rebels backed by Turkey.

    Most of the rebels had been driven out of Homs in 2014, after years under siege by government forces.

    A Russia-brokered evacuation deal was agreed earlier this year.

    Under the agreement, opposition fighters are granted safe passage with their weapons out of Homs to rebel-held areas in Syria.

    The Syrian government says such "reconciliation" deals, which have been agreed in several rebel-held areas, are key to ending the six-year civil war.

    Opposition fighters say that they have been coerced into such agreements by brutal sieges and bombardments.

    Homs became a key battleground of the Syrian uprising after residents embraced the call to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in 2011 and drove security forces out of much of the city the following year.

    That prompted the government to begin a two-year siege that left whole areas destroyed and eventually forced the rebels to withdraw from the Old City to al-Wair.

    More than 300,000 people have been killed across Syria since 2011.
    Syria conflict: Government regains full control of Homs - BBC News

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    Russia's "floating junk pile" is returning home.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/artic...rcraft-carrier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourne View Post
    Russia's "floating junk pile" is returning home.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/artic...rcraft-carrier

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    Bourne
    That's from last year, grandpa Rambo. Dementia hitting you already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    That's from last year, grandpa Rambo. Dementia hitting you already?
    I'm not a grandparent, my name is not Rambo and I certainly don't have dementia.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourne View Post
    I'm not a grandparent, my name is not Rambo and I certainly don't have dementia.

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    Whatever you say, Grandpa Rambo lol Go drone on some more about Vietnam

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Whatever you say, Grandpa Rambo lol Go drone on some more about Vietnam
    I'd prefer to forget as much as possible about the war. But I can't.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourne View Post
    I'd prefer to forget as much as possible about the war. But I can't.

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    Bourne
    I don't give a shit. What do you want? I am supposed to respect you or something? Or pity you? Piss off. Nobody forced you to go invade another country. You could always have gone to Canada or something. Many did.

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    Let me illuminate you.

    I never "invaded" any country. Since the Civil War, my family has a history of its men serving in the military. We are Irish. We go where our country sends us. We do not abuse people, indeed my grandmother was a combat nurse in WWII who regularly tended to the locals in France, Italy and Germany. My family has fought in every war since the Civil War, except Korea.

    I don't ask for your respect. And you're quite welcome to denegrate and distort my service in Vietnam. My big wish is for a quiet night's sleep instead of waking up in a sweat with memories of the war. And every day I am reminded of the war by the scar on my upper left chest where I was wounded by RPG shrapnel. I see it every day when I shave.

    As for your suggestion that I could have fled to Canada, I could never have abrogated my responsibilities to the United States and fled to Canada. But I like Canada. We had several Canadians in the Air Cav who joined the US Army because Canada wouldn't help out in the war. And I respect Canada's decision to stay out of Vietnam.

    Think of me as you will. Call me whatever names you will. But I served my country, suffered wounds, came back and made a life for myself.

    And I like fountain pens.

    Cheers,

    Bourne

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