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Countries of the Middle East

Oh no! All the countries of the Middle East have fallen into the sea. Guess their names to bring them back.
Country list according to Wikipedia
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Last updated: July 23, 2019
First submittedJune 28, 2016
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Country
Bahrain
Cyprus
Egypt
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Country
Oman
Palestinian Territories
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
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level 71
Nov 18, 2016
Wonderful quiz! Great job!
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level 76
Nov 18, 2016
Seems like you're undecided on whether to include the Palestinian Territories or not. You list them separately, but it fills in automatically when you enter Israel. Maybe a note in the instructions could clarify?
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level 71
Nov 18, 2016
What needs clarification? Whichever one you type in, both will show up. It's like the perfect neutral solution :-)
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level 55
Nov 18, 2016
What's the little blip on Egypt's southern border? Reminds of the bit sticking out of Minnesota into Canada
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level 62
Nov 18, 2016
Part of the Nile unofficially known as the Wadi Halfa Salient. Another interesting Egypt/Sudan border feature is the Hala'ib Triangle.
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level 51
Mar 10, 2017
Presently I believe it's referred to as the Bir Tawil.
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level 68
Aug 18, 2017
I can't speak to the Egypt/Sudan "blip," but the entire US/Canada border is irregular until that Minnesotan "Northwest Angle." The 49th parallel begins to form the boundary between Canada and the United States from Manitoba until the coast of mainland B.C.
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level 47
Nov 18, 2016
Actually quite an interesting area of land. I'll find a video about it later but basically neither Sudan nor Egypt technically claim the land. I'm not sure exactly of the reason but from what I remember is that Sudan believe that the border is everything below a longitude parrelel belongs to them. And Egypt follow some old colonial border that everything above this border is them. That bit of land is above the parallel and below the Egyptian border so nobody has claimed it.
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level 71
Nov 18, 2016
Wow, that's the reverse of the problem that usually happens, where multiple countries WANT to claim a disputed piece of land. I'm thinking this place must be a real hole-in-the-wall, if Egypt and the Sudan are both like, "No no no, you can have it!" // "Oh, heavens no; YOU take it. We insist." // "No really – it belongs to you. We could not dream of keeping this little slice of paradise from you." // ad infinitum…
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level 47
Nov 19, 2016
Er turns out I got a bit mixed up in terms of which part was actually in dispute. Actually a different area with all the territorial disputes. But yeah look up Bir Tamil and the Hala'ib Triangle if you want to know more
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level 62
Nov 20, 2016
Here is this video: https://youtu.be/gtLxZiiuaXs (skip to 6:46)
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level 84
Nov 21, 2016
The video that Gamer1162 references the history of the area, but doesn't speak to the 'blip' directly. The same amendment to the condominium treaty that makes Bir Tamil unclaimed and Hala'ib claimed by both Sudan and Egypt puts the Wadi Halfa under Sudanese control, as it was easier to manage the flooding on Lake Nubia from the Sudanese side.
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level 69
Dec 20, 2016
This is very interesting. Since this is unclaimed territory, I wonder what would happen if someone goes there and plants his flag.
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level 60
Mar 9, 2017
They did. A child (in U.S., I think) wanted to be a princess. So her dad went there, "claimed" it, and declared her Princess and ruler. Trump has proposed to her (after Melania divorces him) if she'll make him King - having a higher IQ, she declined.
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level 46
Feb 7, 2019
Actually both territories are part of the same territorial dispute. There are to different treaties that define that border, and each country stands by one of them. Both claim the Hala'ib Triangle (which is rich in resourses) is theirs, which means they cannot claim Bir Tawil as well because none of the two treaties gives both territories to one of the two countries.
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level 39
Oct 26, 2019
I believe that it was vice versa: Sudan believed in an old colonial border while Egypt believed it was a line of longitude. The blip is a dispute over the Hala’ib triangle. Bir Tawil hasn’t been claimed because neither country wants to claim the lesser piece of land.
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level 60
Nov 23, 2016
Look up "Wadi Halfa"
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level 74
Nov 7, 2018
On YouTube user ibx2cat has very detailed border videos. He talks about 200 words a minute, but is still very intelligible. I guess that way he can cram a 20-minute lesson into 5 minutes.
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCJVnko6tQ56PYB5BNNChPGg
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level 61
Nov 2, 2019
ibx2cat is nice
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level 43
Mar 9, 2017
Did it al with 100000 minutes left! i'm only 0.5
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level 62
Mar 9, 2017
I didn't realize that Cyprus was considered part of the Middle East. You learn something new every day, I guess.
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level 51
Mar 9, 2017
It isn't. It's just an American thing.
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level 43
Mar 9, 2017
true
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level 52
Mar 9, 2017
It's a part of the European Union even though it's a little way away from the nearest other member which is Greece. The reason Americans class it as the Middle East is because it's close to the other countries in the region.
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level 78
Mar 9, 2017
This time I don't agree with the quiz maker. Cyprus is in Asia, but I would not include it in the Middle East.
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level 38
Mar 9, 2017
If Turkey is in the Middle East, then so is Cyprus. What is NOT in the Middle East is Egypt. (unless you're going to consider the entire eastern part of Africa, the Middle East). This is a geography test; let's leave politics out of it.
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level 78
Mar 9, 2017
The concept of "Middle East" is quite political anyway. But ok, let's say that the turkish part of Cyprus qualifies it for being in the Middle East.
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level 49
Mar 9, 2017
Amen, Arp
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level 56
Aug 18, 2017
@divantilya: Egypt is considered as Middle East by any international organization that refers to the Middle East, as well as in in Middle Eastern studies departments and courses at universities. Politically, historically, culturally, linguistically, it has so much in common with what's the other side of Sinai that it would be folly to not include it.
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level 35
Aug 18, 2017
Personally I think the Causcasian countries and Cyprus are definitely European, but that's just me.
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level 64
Mar 9, 2017
Yeah, this is the first time I've ever seen Cyprus in the Middle East. Egypt most definitely is in the Middle East.
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level 39
Oct 26, 2019
I guess Northern Cyprus is part of the Middle East, because it is claimed by Middle Eastern Turkey, but the actual country itself is practically a part of Europe. It is part of the EU, uses the euro, and speaks mostly Greek, an European language.
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level 60
Mar 9, 2017
Meh. I'm just gonna leave them in the sea.
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level 64
Mar 9, 2017
Ok, some version of this joke was already here, so I don't have to add it. ( My line would have been "Do we want to bring them back?")
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level 62
Mar 9, 2017
I'll save Cyprus only.
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level 63
Feb 21, 2019
Maybe a few others, but, definately leave Syria and Iraq
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level 40
Mar 9, 2017
Nice quiz! Maybe less time as I got 'em all with 1:52 remaining...
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level 77
Mar 9, 2017
I saved all the Middle Easterners from drowning.
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level 77
Mar 11, 2017
Whoever deletes comments here is trying to cover up evidence...
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level 60
Jun 3, 2019
Well done Kal
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level 18
Mar 9, 2017
nice quiz
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level 62
Mar 9, 2017
Jetpunk seems to be very adamant that the Palestinian territories and separate from the state of Israel, and yet that land is filled in when you type in Israel.
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level 72
Aug 24, 2017
And the reverse happens - wen you type in Palestine, it also gives you Israel! I doubt the Israelis would class themselves as a territory of Palestine. Since Israel has specifically not claimed Palestine as its own territory, then "Territories" makes no sense in the Palestine answer, because to be a territory, you have to be a territory of somewhere, and the only possible place it would have been classed as a territory (unwillingly, since it's declared itself to be a country anyway, with majority world recognition) would have been of Israel.
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level 58
Jul 26, 2019
Basically Isralestine gets you two points.
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level 58
Jul 26, 2019
And maybe a more accurate name would be the Palestinian Pieces of Land
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level 35
Nov 3, 2019
It's still part of Israel - Palestine isn't a country
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level 62
Mar 9, 2017
I didn't understand the premise at first and was wondering why in the world the quiz included a random photo of water...
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level 26
Mar 12, 2017
I didn't know that Bahrain was in the Middle East.
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level 69
Aug 18, 2017
I still don't know exactly where Bahrain is, either. All I know is it's an island, it's loaded with money, and it's somewhere near Saudi Arabia. Must be tiny.
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level 65
Mar 31, 2017
"Oh no! All the countries of the Middle East have fallen into the sea." - And the world is a lot more peaceful place now ;)
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level 69
Aug 18, 2017
Sad but true. If only North Korea would do the same.
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level 43
Nov 2, 2019
If only all bigots like you could fall into the sea :)
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level 43
Aug 18, 2017
I kept trying to type "cypress" instead of "Cyprus." I guess i was thinking of the tree.
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level 32
Aug 18, 2017
Middle East is a term created by the Americans. It is correctly termed Southwest Asia, if in Asia.
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level 38
Aug 26, 2018
Bless you! -
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level 77
Sep 10, 2018
for what? Recognizing a kindred spirit in truthiness?
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level 77
Sep 10, 2018
False
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level 69
Aug 18, 2017
Fun quiz! Thanks!
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level 57
Aug 18, 2017
since when are Cyprus and Egypt considered part of the middle east? and since when are the "stans" not? i'm confused.
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level 61
Aug 31, 2019
Since when were the "stans" ever included in the Middle East?
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level 61
Aug 29, 2017
2:41 left XD
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level 38
Nov 9, 2017
Since American politicians decided they should be. But, it is very telling that in attempting to shove Egypt-as-part-of-the-Middle-East down our throats because of language, historical, ethnic and what-not similarities, they fail to acknowledge those same similarities in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
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level 77
Sep 10, 2018
Do you speak with such hyperbole in everyday conversation, too?
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level 19
Sep 16, 2017
I made a quiz for the most populated countries in the middle east https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/253623/most-populated-middle-eastern-countries
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level 49
May 29, 2018
Good quiz. It is to my understanding Egypt is in Africa not Asia and therfore should not be considered Middle East; but then again...............
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level 38
Aug 26, 2018
To Roger 77024: You are hilarious! - I don't dismiss possibility. Stranger things have happened and I wouldn't put anything past him!
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level 28
Sep 10, 2018
Easy
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level 25
Jul 26, 2019
100% first try :)
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level 46
Jul 26, 2019
1) Israel is part of Europe..please refer to Eurovison :) 2) If Egypt is the Mid East then how far do we extend? The Arab culture goes right across the top of Africa to Morocco.
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level 25
Aug 14, 2019
Australia is in Eurovision lol
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level 21
Nov 5, 2019
At first I was like "What happened to this map!!! there's no ocean there!" And then I realized that I have to fill in the countries. Makes sense now.