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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."

Go deeper: U.S. launches precision strikes on Syrian chemical facilities

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Everyone wants to be an influencer

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The number of people looking to become online influencers has exploded during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Almost anyone can find themselves in a position to become an influencer, and brands are throwing billions of dollars at online content creators.

At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

Photo: Jacob Cordeiro/Twitter

An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per authorities and a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be on the Empire Builder train, traveling from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.

Updated 11 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Federal judge blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

Students are dismissed from the first day of school at PS 133 in Brooklyn on Sept. 13. Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images

A federal appeals court is set to hear a challenge Wednesday to a vaccine mandate planned for New York City school employees.

Why it matters The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system. But a judge on Friday temporarily blocked the measure, per AP.