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The Unwanted Wars

Why the Middle East Is More Combustible Than Ever

The war that now looms largest is a war nobody apparently wants.

  • Robert Malley
  • Foreign Affairs

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump railed against the United States’ entanglement in Middle Eastern wars, and since assuming office, he has not changed his tune.

Iran has no interest in a wide-ranging conflict that it knows it could not win. Israel is satisfied with calibrated operations in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza but fears a larger confrontation that could expose it to…

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