By Cory Gideon Gunderson

Introduces a number of the international locations of the center East, together with Syria, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, and their function within the on-going tensions that exist during this zone.

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Saudi Arabia is also lacking in workers. Saudi citizens make up only 10 percent of the nation’s workforce. Many management jobs go to people from Western nations. People from other Middle Eastern nations typically fill labor positions. The region that makes up Saudi Arabia has a long history of foreign rule. The modern country as we know it didn’t take its current shape until 1932. On September 24 of that year, an Arab leader named Abd al-Aziz unified the groups Hijaz and Najd and their dependents and formed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ally: a friend; a person or group of people against the same enemy. Arabs: people whose ancestors were from Arabia. Armenians: those who live in Armenia, a country in southwestern Asia. Asad, Hafiz al: president of Syria from 1971 until 2000. asbestos: mineral that builders use to fireproof buildings. Assyrian: person whose ancestors were from Assyria, an ancient empire of western Asia. Azerbaijan: a Middle Eastern country. Azeri: Shiite Muslim person from Azerbaijan. Baha’i: a religion founded in 1863 in Persia that focuses on the spiritual unity of all humans.

The country is made up of an inland plateau and a coastal zone. Within the coastal zone, two mountain ranges enclose fertile lowlands. The Hamad desert region is located in the southeastern part of the country. The Euphrates River enters Syria from the north. It flows southwest across the country and exits into neighboring Iraq. This river supplies the country with 80 percent of the water it needs. The Mediterranean Sea borders Syria’s west side. Access to the sea provides Syria with a valuable source of income.

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