The violence in Syria began in March 2011. The middle eastern country has been crippled by a brutal civil war. The vast majority of people are Sunni but they are be ruled by a Shi'a president,
Since then, the United Nations estimates more than 100,000 people have died in the clashes between President Bashar al-Assad's government and rebel forces who want him out.
The forces that what him out are the Sunni Islamic people. There are some ties to extremely violent muslim beliefs and to the Taliban.
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President Bashar al-Assad's used chemical weapons on the people of Syria which he would say are rebels. He has said that the Taliban are some of the people who are behind the uprising.
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Now I have a few questions for you.
1) Does the United States get involved? Why or Why not?
2) Which side do we support?
If don't get involved is there a certain point in which we should? (If they do this . . . then we should be involved.
3) What are the economic costs of going to war in the Middle East? What resources could we gain or lose?
Base your answers on what you have learned about United States involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Information on top of page is directly from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/16979186