U.S. Moves Closer to Military Strike in Syria

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The Pentagon says it’s “ready to go” if it gets orders to carry out a military strike in response to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people.


President Barack Obama on Aug. 15 speaks with his National Security Staff regarding the situation in Egypt. (Credit: Amanda Lucidon / White House)

Most people know Syria’s civil war has been raging for more than two years. But the situation is so complicated that it’s hard for even the biggest news junky to keep track.

Now that Washington is seriously thinking about ordering limited missile strikes in one of the most volatile regions of the world, it’s a good time to retrace events and remember how we got here.

Here’s a quick-read cheat sheet about the Syrian civil war. It’s not intended to be an all-encompassing encyclopedia, but it will bring you up to date on what’s really important about a scary situation in an already volatile part of the world.

Click here to read the full story on CNN.com.

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