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Middle East


 
The world's largest oil reserves are in the Middle East, which makes it a very important place for every industrialized country. 

Modernized countries are very dependent on Middle Eastern oil and try to exert pressure on the nations there to increase their influence there. 

The US and its allies fought the Persian Gulf War against Iraq because Iraq threatened  their oil supply from Kuwait.


 
In Iran, revolutionaries removed the western influenced Shah (king) from power an created a Muslim fundamentalist state led by the Ayatollah Khomeni with laws based on the Koran. 

Some Islamic fundamentalists in the region even use terrorism to remove the western influence from their countries. 

 
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