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.
Some rebel groups are closely allied with al-Qaida. Syria's al-Qaida wing is known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and it's been gaining a greater foothold. And analysts say al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, is generally the most effective force fighting al-Assad. The group's name means "Victory Front." It was listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department in December.
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