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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.

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The rebels are outmatched. Early on in the Syrian conflict, reports surfaced that Hezbollah fighters were helping Syrian government forces. In May, the Lebanon-based Shiite militant group's leader confirmed it. While rebels have won territory in key areas, like northern Syria, they've had trouble purging out pockets of regime strongholds. The Syrian military's air power leaves them vulnerable. And the Syrian government's grip on many areas of the country is tight.

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