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.
Economic sanctions are in place. The U.S. imposed financial sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and six other senior Syrian officials in May 2011, then expanded that to all Syrian government assets in the U.S., among other sanctions, a few months later. The European Union banned the import of Syrian oil, among other sanctions, in September 2011. The Arab League suspended Syria's membership in November 2011, and foreign ministers from 19 member countries announced sanctions the same month. Turkey implemented financial sanctions and other measures against Syria in November 2011.
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