The Middle East

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The Middle East was my area of choice for this class. I had a lot of different reasons for my choice. One of these reasons is the fact of what I am faced with every day when I turn on the news with the massive number of U.S troops that are serving, fighting, and dying in this region of the world. I was hoping that by choosing the Middle East I would find out some of the reasons why nation’s leaders feel that these people and nations are such a worthy cause. The Middle East consist of these 16 countries Bahrain, Cyprus ,Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan ,Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen

The first week of this class I jumped right in and started reporting on things that I felt a person with interest in what is going on in the Middle East would want to find out more about. My week #1 Regional Report reads like this “Arab uprising: Country by country-Syria”

 This article seemed to tell a little about one of the major conflicts goings on in right now in the Middle East. There is a massive war going on in Syria.  It states in the article that I chose that “The wave of popular unrest sweeping the Arab world came late to Syria, but since the first protest in March 2011 in the City of Deraa at least 15,000 Syrians are thought to have been killed.” It seems that at the start, the demonstrator’s had been asking for freedom and an end to the crimes that were taking place in their country. In return it seems that the government has taken a military law stance that has in fact pitted one side against the other.  The military on one side and civilian opposition groups on the other. The opposition has said that it has a goal that includes the removal of the sitting president Bashar al-Assad and the Baath Party elite.  While the government says that it is in fact fighting against domestic terrorism in its country. The total civilian death toll is over 7,000 thousand people, so it is said. They also...
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