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One cannot listen to a news station, or scroll through online news sources without running into the latest story about a conflict happening somewhere in the Middle East. Especially in America, a country that depends on foreign oil, we pay very close attention to what is going on. For modern times, one could say that much of the Middle East has been dominated by ongoing conflicts. These affairs happen in many ways. There are the countries like Syria who are struggling within their own country. There are those who have conflict with their immediate neighbors, like the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Then there are those who are dealing with problems between foreign relations with far away countries, like Americas time in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are just recent examples, but these conflicts are always changing and molding the landscape of politics with them. Starting in late January of 2011, a series of protests, and demonstrations filling the streets went on in Egypt. These activists done in the hopes that the Tunisian revolt two weeks earlier would help draw the population to mobilize. The riots and demonstrations were over issues of police brutality, state of emergency laws, unemployment, low wages, lack of housing, corruption, lack of freedom of speech, and poor living conditions. The protesters goal was to eliminate their President Hosni Mubarak's regime. In Iran, during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency the American invasion of Iraq, and Saddam Hussein's overthrow strengthened Iran in the region with the majority Shia south of Iraq. During 2005 and 2006, there were rumors spreading that the United States and Israel together were planning an attack on Iran. The most commOn February 11th, 2011, Mubarak resigned and the Egypti... ... middle of paper ... ... However, these talks between the new government of Afghanistan and the Taliban continued to happen off and on. In September, 2011, and April, 2012, there were several insurgent assaults on powerful targets in Kabul. It was thought to have likely been meant to cast doubt on the government of Afghanistan’s, and NATO’S competency in keeping the city safe. The incidents were later connected to the Haqqani network, a Pashtun cluster affiliated with Al al-Qa'ida. A NATO summit would consent to the removal of all foreign nations soldiers from Afghanistan before 2015. Correspondence between the President and Nato over the next few months were from time to time strained. None the less, Afghanistan look absolutely responsibility for the country's security in June of 2013. As NATO forces left the country, Afghan forces came to take their places and protect their territories.

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