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Report: Assad regime has launched more than 300 chemical attacks

Damaged buildings in the Khan Shaykhun district of Idlib, Syria, which was hit by a chemical attack. Photo: Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and its military forces have launched more than 300 chemical attacks since the end of 2012 during the country's ongoing civil war, according to a new report from the Global Public Policy Institute, per the Washington Post.

Why it matters: President Trump's decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria has sparked concern that it could allow for renewed aggression from both Assad's government forces and a depleted Islamic State, or ISIS. White House national security adviser John Bolton said last month that the decision to withdraw should not be viewed as a "change in our position that any use of chemical weapons would be met by a very strong response."

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