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Countries of the Middle East

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level 68
Nov 18, 2016
Wonderful quiz! Great job!
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level 71
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 65
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 56
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 45
Mar 10, 2017
Presently I believe it's referred to as the Bir Tawil.
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level 59
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 65
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 76
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 62
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 59
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 58
Nov 23, 2016
Look up "Wadi Halfa"
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level 44
Mar 9, 2017
Did it al with 100000 minutes left! i'm only 0.5
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level 48
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 43
Mar 9, 2017
It isn't. It's just an American thing.
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level 44
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 72
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 40
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 72
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 46
Mar 9, 2017
Amen, Arp
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level 50
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 56
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 56
Mar 9, 2017
Meh. I'm just gonna leave them in the sea.
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level 56
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 35
Mar 9, 2017
CYPRUS?!
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level 66
Mar 9, 2017
We don't talk about Cyprus.
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level 65
Mar 9, 2017
Or myanmar
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level 59
Mar 9, 2017
Yeah, wtf?
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level 52
Mar 9, 2017
most defintions of the middle east include cyprus
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level 54
Mar 9, 2017
I kind of just pursed my lips in absurdity with this as well.
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level 57
Apr 7, 2017
A European country being classified as middle eastern
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level 34
Mar 9, 2017
Nice quiz! Maybe less time as I got 'em all with 1:52 remaining...
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level 70
Mar 9, 2017
I saved all the Middle Easterners from drowning.
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level 70
Mar 11, 2017
Whoever deletes comments here is trying to cover up evidence...
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level 18
Mar 9, 2017
nice quiz
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level 55
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 68
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 54
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 49
Mar 9, 2017
Nice quiz, but the map pic is misleading.
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level 20
Mar 10, 2017
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia should have been included too...
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level 35
Aug 18, 2017
No. Afghanistan is much closer to the other "stans" geographically and to Pakistan culturally so it qualifies as South East Asia imo. Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan are definitely not Middle Eastern. Whether they're in Europe or Asia is a complex issue, I think Europe, but that's a personal thing.
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level 21
Mar 12, 2017
I didn't know that Bahrain was in the Middle East.
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level 45
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 45
Mar 14, 2017
I agree Cyprus in the Middle East since it is in Western Asia, Egypt I have doubts about as I do about Iran. How about including the several Libyas and Afghanistans and Palestine/Gaza?
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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 45
Aug 18, 2017
Sad but true. If only North Korea would do the same.
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level 38
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 4
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 45
Aug 18, 2017
Fun quiz! Thanks!
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level 38
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 38
Aug 29, 2017
2:41 left XD
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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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