Friday marks the eighth anniversary of Syria's "Day of Rage," the series of protests that provoked an aggressive government crackdown and ignited a nationwide uprising. Some 165,000 civilians have died in the ongoing violence.
Syrian Civil War
Report: Assad regime has launched more than 300 chemical attacks
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."