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Video Report: Middle East – Allies, Enemies and Frenemies

Reporter Alex MacDonald, February 19, 2016. Middle East Eye.

Backers, allies, enemies and frenemies of the region laid out in 90 seconds.

Relationships between countries and non-state actors in the Middle East is complicated.

States and groups that claim to be close friends and allies…

can actually be enemies…  

and vice versa.

The Middle East crisis as explained by reporter Alex MacDonald. 

MEE’s Alex MacDonald lays out the region’s friends, enemies and frenemies in 90 seconds.

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