Syria's devastating civil war, now in its seventh year, has rendered more than half the country's population refugees.
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ANTAKYA, Turkey — Syrian refugees who had been angered by the Trump administration’s attempts to ban them from America found themselves suddenly torn in their feelings toward the US president in the wake of Friday’s airstrikes against the Bashar al-Assad regime.
It was the Assad regime that drove them from the country — with attacks on civilians like the chemical-weapons strike it launched in the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday. Now, with Trump hitting back to punish Syria over the massacre, after years of pleas by Syrians for US intervention, and banging the drum about regime change, some have started to see him a different light — while still remaining wary.
“As Syrians, we have mixed feelings today,” said Wasim Ghazi, a Syrian refugee who now lives in Spain. “Trump, who banned Syrians — and many people around the world..