As the world debates how to respond to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, RFE/RL examines what's at stake should the U.S. enter the Syrian conflict.
# INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: Syria's Civil War
# As the possibility of a U.S.-led military intervention looms larger, what are U.S. military options and considerations
in Syria, and would they be legal
# Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's two main allies, Iran and Russia
, weigh potential responses.
# Among the likely diplomatic casualties is optimism of a possible thaw
in U.S. relations with Iran. But Iran also walks a fine line
with Syria, feeling the need to condemn the use of chemical weapons while at the same time warning against military intervention.
# Many foreigners are already on the Syrian battleground, including fighters from the Balkans
and Turkey, with the latter two countries watching the violence spill into Arab-
and Kurd-populated regions
that border Syria.
: The complex, often contradictory alliances/relations among Middle East nations and actors and big international powers.
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