The Middle East's cold war, explained

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  • Published on:  Monday, July 17, 2017
  • How two feuding countries are tearing apart the Middle East.

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    The Saudis and Iranians have never actually declared war on each other. Instead, they fight indirectly by supporting opposing sides in other countries and inciting conflicts. This is known as proxy warfare.

    And it’s had a devastating effect on the region. Countries, especially poor ones, can’t function if there are larger countries pulling strings within their borders.

    And that’s exactly what's happening in the Middle East. The Saudi-Iranian rivalry has become a fight over influence, and the whole region is a battlefield. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Counter Kidnapping

    Forgot Israel

  • Tom Bonn
    Tom Bonn  7 hours ago

    The most notorious destabilizer of them all, Israel, left out.

  • Tanmermaids
    Tanmermaids  12 hours ago +1

    Seems like that side of the wold is cursed

  • Daniyal SDY
    Daniyal SDY  14 hours ago

    Hezbollah is not a Terrorist group
    it's a rebel group, we are proud of them

    Long live Hezbollah

  • Nasir Uddin
    Nasir Uddin  21 hours ago

    Radical jushis terrorist organisation Israel and US government need to stop teroresom inside the Middle East 🏴‍☠️🌍🏴‍☠️🇮🇱🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️🇮🇱🇮🇱🏴‍☠️🌍🏴‍☠️🇮🇱

  • Davide Loi
    Davide Loi  yesterday

    I also wonder what kind of country Iran could be now if at that time the USA had not tried to impose a regime change with the sha. Maybe the revolution wouldn't have happened and we wouldn't be in this situation now....

  • Davide Loi
    Davide Loi  yesterday

    A lot of people complaining that a lot of things are not mentioned here. That's true, but if they tried to say everything that is affecting the middle East we would have a video lasting HOURS. Things (for example countries) not mentioned: Turkey, Israel, Russia, just to say some

  • Davide Loi
    Davide Loi  yesterday

    By watching this video. I discovered that the "trend", by the US, to "export democracy" started a long time ago. "Interesting"....

  • P T
    P T  yesterday

    Which country is the safest now?

  • Wulframm Rolf
    Wulframm Rolf  yesterday +1

    jesus christ people. it's a 10 minute video. it's not going to fit every facet of the middle east into it.

  • Keith Greenwade

    Outstanding overview. Give you a feel for the deal.

  • Syed Dawood
    Syed Dawood  yesterday

    How conveniently you skipped the 30 countries led by USA war on Iraq in 1991.

  • لفة شاورما دجاج

    Six countries are responsible for the destruction of the Middle East or the world
    USA Russia France UK and Israel

  • Farooq Bin khalid Abbasi

    كلنا آل الملك سلمان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود ... يحفظهم الله ورعاهم من كل شر يطول بعمركم.
    الايمانت و الإسلام و الإحترام 🇸🇦 🤝 ☝🏻💚

  • Ponnam Adithya sai

    21 GUNS

  • Eli Aslanov
    Eli Aslanov  2 days ago


  • Anoop Asokan
    Anoop Asokan  2 days ago +1

    What led to war? Extreme religious belief. What led them being exploited by leaders, countries etc? Extreme religious belief. What is the actual problem? Extreme religion.

  • Mr63s
    Mr63s  2 days ago

    Assad isn't a dictator thanks.

  • David Cortez
    David Cortez  3 days ago

    How did Iran get American helmets? 🤨

  • Thomas Benedict
    Thomas Benedict  3 days ago

    why not just dissolve the countries of syria and Iraq give a chunk to turkey a chunk to Iran a chunk to Saudi Arabia and create a new country in the middle for the Kurds to live.