Crisis in Syria: What you need to know

Published: Sep 09 2013 02:22:19 PM EDT

As the U.S. considers a military strike in Syria, take a look at some of the key things to know about the conflict and the country.

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As the U.S. considers a military strike in Syria, take a look at some of the key things to know about the conflict and the country, according to information gathered by CNN.

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