Crisis in Syria: What you need to know

Published On: Sep 09 2013 01:22:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 10 2013 12:29:10 AM CDT

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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Rebels have been accused of abuses, too. "Armed opposition groups too have committed serious abuses, including summary killing and torturing captured security forces, militia members and suspected informers," Amnesty International said in a March report. A video posted online in May purported to show a well-known rebel fighter carving out a government soldier's heart, prompting the U.N.'s human rights chief to call for the "atrocious act" to be investigated as a potential war crime. In May, a U.N. official said evidence pointed to the use of the deadly nerve agent sarin by Syrian rebel forces, but the agency later said it "has not reached conclusive findings as to the use of chemical weapons in Syria by any parties to the conflict." In August, concerns over rebels' human rights record surged after The New York Times published a video showing armed rebels getting ready to execute seven captured government soldiers believed to have been recorded in 2012.

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