How Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad Became The Center Of An International Debate

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Bashar al-Assad: Syria's President Awaits U.S. Military Strike

  • 09/17/2013 07:33 AM EDT World

Bashar Al-Assad, Syria's embattled president, can add war criminal to his list of titles. The country's leader, once heralded as a moderate reformer, has overseen a bloody civil war in which an estimated 100,000 civilians have lost their lives.

Get caught up on the history of Syria's conflict -- and the leader behind it -- with this brief history.