Crisis in Syria: What you need to know

Published On: Sep 09 2013 01:22:19 PM 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.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
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The al-Assad regime is a family affair. Bashar al-Assad's father, then-Minister of Defense Hafez al-Assad, became president after staging a bloodless coup on Nov. 13, 1970. Hafez al-Assad's chosen succesor was his oldest son, Basil, but Bashar was instead groomed to take over when his older brother died in 1994. (Before his brother's death, Bashar al-Assad was in London training to be an opthamologist. Bashar al-Assad was elected president on July 10, 2000, a month after his father died.

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