WHAT'S INSIDE: MIDDLE EAST

The Middle East encompasses nearly 20 countries. A geopolitical hotspot for several decades, the region sees much military activity in its deserts and lowland plains.
  • Afghanistan
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  • Iraq
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FEATURED: MIDDLE EAST

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