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Avvenire - Italy | Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A spark could set whole Middle East on fire

In the current dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Bahrain, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have joined the Saudis in recalling their ambassadors from Tehran. If Moscow and Washington don't start mediating now the terrorist Islamic State will emerge as the winner of the conflict, the Catholic daily Avvenire warns: "The result will be the formation of a Sunni axis led by Riyadh, Turkey and Qatar, openly supported by the US and discreetly endorsed by Israel. The Shiite axis will consist of Iran, Syria, the Hezbollah group in Lebanon and the Houthi rebels in Yemen, with the military and political backing of Putin's Russia. A spark will be enough to set the whole region on fire. The only one who will benefit from this chaos which threatens to finally trigger a major war in the Middle East is al-Baghdadi, the leader of the IS. This fact alone should prompt the US and Russia to reflect on their course. They are the only ones who can defuse the crisis."

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