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The Middle East is a region in Western Asia, located between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. The term "Middle East" was created by British military strategists in the 19th century, and definitions of it vary; it is not simply a geographical term, but also a Eurocentric political one, connoting that it separates Europe from the Far East.

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“Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople” — Jimmy Kennedy, Istanbul, 1953 As the above, profound lyrics demonstrate, Istanbul is not Constantinople.
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The Palestinian territories consist of two physically separate entities, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in the Middle East.
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Dubai is a cosmopolitan metropolis and global city on the Arabian Peninsula.
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Jordan is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River.
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Turkey is on the Mediterranean, in the Anatolian region of West Asia, with a small section in Southeastern Europe separated by the Turkish Straits from Asia.
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The Republic of Lebanon is a small country within the Middle East region with its capital being Beirut.
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The State of Israel is a small yet diverse Middle Eastern country bordered by Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the southwest, by the West Bank and Jordan to the east, and by Syria and Lebanon to the north.
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The Middle East Sultanate of Oman is on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula.
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Iran is a large country between the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, and the Caspian Sea.
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Cyprus is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey.
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Georgia is a country in the Caucasus. It lies at the eastern end of the Black Sea, with Turkey and Armenia to the south, Azerbaijan to the east, and Russia to the north, over the Caucasus Mountains.
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Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country that occupies most of the Arabian peninsula and has coastlines on the Persian Gulf and Red Sea.
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The Caucasus mountain range runs between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, largely following Russia's southernmost border.
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Syria was one of the larger states of the Middle East but is now in prospect of fragmentation.
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Armenia is a landlocked country in the Caucasus that is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, Iran to the south, Azerbaijan to the east, and Azerbaijan's Naxcivan exclave to the southwest.
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Qatar is a rich Arab state occupying a small peninsula extending into the Persian Gulf to the north of Saudi Arabia, east of Bahrain and west of the United Arab Emirates.
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The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates on the eastern side of the Arabian peninsula, at the entrance to the Persian Gulf.
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Iraq is a country in the Middle East. It lies at the north end of the Persian Gulf and has a small coastline in the southeast of the country.
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Azerbaijan is a former Soviet republic in the Caucasus and variously considered part of Europe or Asia.
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Yemen is on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and sharing borders with Saudi Arabia and Oman.
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