Canada welcomed 163 Syrian refugees late Thursday, taking in the first of a planned 25,000 in a matter of months and promising them a better life as they flee their country’s horrific war. And it was none other than Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was there at the airport to welcome them.

The refugees arrived just weeks after Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister said his country would pull its fighter jets from a US-led coalition targeting Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

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(With inputs from AFP)

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