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 74
Nov 18, 2016
Wonderful quiz! Great job!
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Level 79
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 72
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 59
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 65
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 54
Mar 10, 2017
Presently I believe it's referred to as the Bir Tawil.
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Level 70
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 62
Mar 9, 2020
That blip is not the Bir Tawil or Hala'ib triangle, those are more to the east. That blip is a lake along the Nile River that belongs to Sudan for some reason.
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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 72
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 64
Nov 20, 2016
Here is this video: https://youtu.be/gtLxZiiuaXs (skip to 6:46)
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Level 88
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 72
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 47
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 56
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 63
Nov 23, 2016
Look up "Wadi Halfa"
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Level 81
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 63
Nov 2, 2019
ibx2cat is nice
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Level 41
Mar 9, 2017
Did it al with 100000 minutes left! i'm only 0.5
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Level 61
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 55
Mar 9, 2017
It isn't. It's just an American thing.
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Level 41
Mar 9, 2017
true
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Level 51
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 80
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 37
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 80
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 50
Mar 9, 2017
Amen, Arp
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Level 58
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 33
Aug 18, 2017
Personally I think the Causcasian countries and Cyprus are definitely European, but that's just me.
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Level 66
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
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 65
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 64
Mar 9, 2017
I'll save Cyprus only.
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Level 71
Feb 21, 2019
Maybe a few others, but, definately leave Syria and Iraq
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Level 54
Mar 9, 2017
Nice quiz! Maybe less time as I got 'em all with 1:52 remaining...
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Level 80
Mar 9, 2017
I saved all the Middle Easterners from drowning.
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Level 80
Mar 11, 2017
Whoever deletes comments here is trying to cover up evidence...
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Level 81
Mar 5, 2020
Of what, genocide by drowning?
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Level 80
Mar 21, 2020
of other comments I left that were deleted.
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Level 61
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 74
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 59
Jul 26, 2019
Basically Isralestine gets you two points.
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Level 59
Jul 26, 2019
And maybe a more accurate name would be the Palestinian Pieces of Land
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Level 44
Nov 3, 2019
It's still part of Israel - Palestine isn't a country
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Level 65
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 73
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 73
Aug 18, 2017
Sad but true. If only North Korea would do the same.
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Level 48
Nov 2, 2019
If only all bigots like you could fall into the sea :)
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Level 44
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 34
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 37
Aug 26, 2018
Bless you! -
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Level 80
Sep 10, 2018
for what? Recognizing a kindred spirit in truthiness?
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Level 80
Sep 10, 2018
False
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Level 72
Mar 14, 2020
More a British/Western Europe term and differentiates that part of Asia from the Far East (China etc). And as opposed to the eternal debate over continental borders, the "Middle East" is more cultural and political than geographic
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Level 39
Apr 17, 2020
Yes, and I'm never quite sure, if this is the Middle East, what the Near East is. I thought the ME is basically the Iran/Iraq/Arabia area, and the Turkey are is the NE. But what do I know...
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Level 73
Aug 18, 2017
Fun quiz! Thanks!
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Level 59
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 64
Aug 31, 2019
Since when were the "stans" ever included in the Middle East?
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Level 63
Aug 29, 2017
2:41 left XD
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Level 37
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 80
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 52
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 27
May 31, 2020
Yeah, yeah. PART of Egypt is in Asia, from the cannal to the east it's all part of Asia, as well as Yemen, an island that is south from continental Yemen is part of Africa. Part of Turkey is in Europe, from the Istanbull to the west.
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Level 37
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 27
Jul 26, 2019
100% first try :)
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Level 47
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 28
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.
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Level 56
Jan 8, 2020
No lie - that description would make an interesting short film plot
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Level 46
Mar 26, 2020
I never think as Egypt as a country in the Middle-East.
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Level 27
May 31, 2020
You forgot the UK, but for the most part, well done. I really enjoy doing these kind of geography quizzes. Maybe you didn't forget the UK and you just wanted not to answer dozens of people on the comments saying that the UK is not there. I would also do that. XD
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Level 59
Jun 7, 2020
100%first try. 2:11 left
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Level 21
Jun 28, 2020
KSA for Saudi Arabia
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Level 61
Aug 27, 2020
I got Cyprus and I got Egypt, even though they are not really in the Middle East. Wanna know why? Because I have used jetpunk before. Here's what the internet says: "The Middle East is a loosely defined geographic region; the countries listed are generally considered part of the Middle East. These Middle East countries are part of the Asian continent, with the exception of Egypt, which is part of Africa, and the northwestern part of Turkey, which is part of the European landmass. "The Middle East" is a term traditionally applied by western Europeans to the countries of SW Asia and NE Africa lying W of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. Thus defined it includes Cyprus, the Asian part of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, the countries of the Arabian peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait), and Egypt and Libya. The area was viewed as midway between Europe and East Asia
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Level 61
Aug 27, 2020
(traditionally called the Far East ). The term is sometimes used in a cultural sense to mean the group of lands in that part of the world predominantly Islamic in culture, thus including the remaining states of N Africa as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Level 80
Sep 10, 2020
Why are you quoting "the Internet" when it seems to disagree with you?