January 12, 2014

Syria and the Perils of Proxy War

Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

Two big powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have squared off in a competition for dominance in much of the Arab Middle East. Other countries are either choosing sides or nervously trying to protect themselves from the spillover. And the United States finds itself uncomfortably in the middle.

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TAGGED: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Syria


Iran and Saudi Arabia are both bent on unrealistic plans for dominance in the Middle East or, at the very least, on denying the dominance of the other. more ››
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Say Goodbye to Our Mideast Allies
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