The Middle East's cold war, explained

  • Published on Jul 17, 2017
  • How two feuding countries are tearing apart the Middle East.
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    The Saudis and Iranians have never actually declared war on each other. Instead, they fight indirectly by supporting opposing sides in other countries and inciting conflicts. This is known as proxy warfare.
    And it’s had a devastating effect on the region. Countries, especially poor ones, can’t function if there are larger countries pulling strings within their borders.
    And that’s exactly what's happening in the Middle East. The Saudi-Iranian rivalry has become a fight over influence, and the whole region is a battlefield. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out
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Comments • 17 962

  • Shko Dra
    Shko Dra 5 hours ago

    It is wrong what the Westerners did to this country , but its also wrong to install a totalitarian regime. We should fight for democracy !

  • nyRX
    nyRX 5 hours ago +1

    "Saudi Arabia is supporting 'Sunni Militia'" just say ISIS LOL. It is sad when news organizations try HARD to stay neutral when it is blatantly obvious who is in the wrong. "That serial killer murdered so many, but to be fair, some of those he killed jaywalked at times" hahahahahah

  • mYsticMessyMe
    mYsticMessyMe 8 hours ago

    I feel bad for all the innocent lives , even for all the military , it’s not like they wanna go to war, it’s just their Job.. i just hope Thanos is real and get us all at once, no one deserves to live more than another person ..

  • Scorpioraptor
    Scorpioraptor 10 hours ago

    Where did Ayatullah Khamenei come from in 1979? Answer: USA !

  • TheFluffyDuck
    TheFluffyDuck 10 hours ago

    Here is my solution. Buy a solar panel. We kill two birds with one stone, solve climate change, and the funding behind global jihad. Good luck funding terrorism off the profits of egg-wisks, or what ever these countries secondary export of non-consequence is.

  • Brian Teal
    Brian Teal 10 hours ago

    Very well done! Thank you for helping me to understand the stresses in the middle east.

  • VRguru master
    VRguru master 13 hours ago

    Arab spring mouvement never arrived to morroco get your facts right

  • Harry Hancox
    Harry Hancox 13 hours ago

    As a speaker of Arabic, a visitor in the past and someone who has at least studied Islam, this video is specious [intentionally?] it ignores the real point Shia v Sunni going back to the recognition of another prophet centuries ago, one or both of whom regard each other a threat & apostate. It lies Sunni v Shia cost fewer lives than Christian split, that is total BS, millions of Shia/Sunni have killed each other. Iran worries Sunni's are surrounding them & feel threatened, there are circa 250B Shia and 1.25B SunniThese disinfomationists call the killers Radicals, they are not, they are true Muslims, following the unadulterated Al Qur'an, they regard other peaceful etc Muslims, as radical apostates. Further while Irans leaders are evil, they are not the Global Terrorist, how can you be if only in 5 countries, whereas Sunni, are terrorists in over 30 - period

  • Ant Nam
    Ant Nam 14 hours ago

    Stifling people with religiosity or forced secularism is wrong, let people be free, else they will always blow up.

  • maher daibes
    maher daibes 17 hours ago +1

    I just love it when an American man who didn't know a thing say that the Sunni and Shia dont hate each other its the source of all the problems in the middle East

  • Vlado Egeland
    Vlado Egeland 17 hours ago


  • Carolann6081
    Carolann6081 18 hours ago

    Read the Pike/Mazzini Letters and the end game will be known. They got the first two WWs right in intent and process, and they will get this one right because they are the instigators of them all.

  • Thano’s Thicc Dicc
    Thano’s Thicc Dicc 19 hours ago

    This is why the world is in Trillions of dollars in debt

  • Mark Boombox
    Mark Boombox 19 hours ago

    Thank you for this misinformation video. The wars in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya have nothing to do with Russia, a lot to do with "our staunchest ally" which has been using the US to fight its wars for decades.

  • tyler massage
    tyler massage 21 hour ago

    Two countries seem to always be involved: Israel and the United States... proxy wars

  • [ Bravo-Alpha•7•3•2•]

    The TRUTH IS, Israel and their cohorts are the root of all the problems so until that's publically addressed nothing is really getting better, just subversively worse...just watch '911-Missing Links' or 'The Khazarian Conspiracy' if you're not convinced...if those vids are even still on TVclip unmolested.

  • Doog Boy
    Doog Boy 22 hours ago +1

    I see!

  • Uzbek Taj
    Uzbek Taj Day ago

    Are you been in Iran country you visit you talking bullshiter sh@@

  • szs voc
    szs voc Day ago

    that area is like self centred junkies, stop giving it attention.

  • David Faubion
    David Faubion Day ago

    Thorough concise and accurate except it leaves out Israeli factors of intervention etc.

  • Amir Kazemi
    Amir Kazemi Day ago

    Russia vs USA, capitalism vs communism, corporations vs traditional mom & pop economies, excess economy vs traditional saving & waste avoiding culture, prideful vs show me the money.....Japan had to break old traditions to join the industrial revolution. Honestly, switch away from fossil fuels & move on. entanglement isnt sustainable.

  • Scapegoat
    Scapegoat Day ago

    Very brave move different storie if manned craft get the gieger counters out

  • BabyP 101
    BabyP 101 Day ago

    The wall between Iraq and Iran is in one of the city's in Kurdistan it's not really a wall but I've seen it

  • Andy  Lu
    Andy Lu Day ago

    Don't worry, guys. Once day, alien take over! No more war. No more fighting :)

  • EugVR6
    EugVR6 Day ago +1

    Iran would be ok if America hadn't broke it in the 70s and if we wind back a bit to the 60s, Iran was America's closest ally!

  • Joe Schmoe
    Joe Schmoe Day ago

    The comments prove the entire region needs a bomb dropped on it. The video shows how Saudi Arabia and Iran are funding proxy wars against each other - and then the U.S. and Israel are blamed. Yes the U.S. and Israel are tremendous actors involved - but it just shows that Muslims are unable to recognize their own internal division - Islam is a sick, violent cult that impoverishes its population to misery - and the true cause of all of this ignorant warring.

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  • Lumereious
    Lumereious Day ago

    Funny how it is always the islamic nations.

  • Sunburn88 A
    Sunburn88 A Day ago

    Many missing details all this mess bcz of usa they always do this if u look at India and Afghanistan they had bad relationship the us sells weapons to india and make them think they can win if they attack Afghanistan and soon their will be war same thing with iran and saudi

  • A Boy With Crappy Ipad mini 1

    U.S,Russia,U.K are involved in every war

  • Chris OConnor
    Chris OConnor Day ago

    And the US sell weapons to one side but not can be sure they don't like that...they'd really love to be selling weapons to both sides...that's how they do things right...

  • Bijan Ashtiani-Eisemann

    Funny how the US is left out of all of this, as if we had nothing to do with destabilizing the region...

  • mohsen allaw
    mohsen allaw Day ago

    ISRAEL STANDS BEHIND all the fights and wars in the middle east .... its not saudi iran fight (its just the saudi are allies with israel ) in fact its a muslim vs israel fight ..

  • rohan verma
    rohan verma Day ago

    Two countries( Saudi and Iran) should understand that they are rich( due to natural reserves) and have potential for immense power but outside countries like America don't want them to progress ahead .Seeing the bigger picture, they should work together to resolve their own conflict in the MiddleEast and rise ahead of all other nations together.

    • rohan verma
      rohan verma Day ago

      @panda in a bambo America will need oil from MiddleEast for its survival as any other nation . Its better that MiddleEast united sells oil on their own terms rather than America ( and likes) deviding them and getting monopoly of the present situation.

    • panda in a bambo
      panda in a bambo Day ago

      Saudi Arabia basically survives of America it sells its oil in dollar keeping the American currency stronge

  • Amit Yadhuvanshi

    Islam is treated what they deserve in chaina only in uhigur muslim

  • نادر الی راحمان

    Freddie vs Jason. Evil vs evil.

  • Abraham Dulimar
    Abraham Dulimar Day ago

    Why is world Peace so hard to achieve? Just stop fighting each other lol.

  • Andreia Reminiec

    Does Trump know what a cyber war is ?

  • Brent Waterbury
    Brent Waterbury Day ago

    In 1980 BrentWood, I had an Iranian roomie who had just escaped the Revolution. He was totally ignorant of the West with its liberal/party atmosphere at that time and was deeply conservative in manner. Since then in Anaheim Hills I've met many Iranians and they're very honest people but who also hate the politics and theocracy in Iran now. Millions in Iran also hate it. If he wants regime change Trump should reach out to these people, circumnavigating it's leaders and the Revolutionary Guard.

  • Arash Sh
    Arash Sh Day ago

    Wait! Saudis want stability and Iran static? I love how you make statement.

  • Arash Sh
    Arash Sh Day ago

    And what saudi Arabia have in common? They both get theirs weapons from US and Russians

  • Everett Elderberry

    No word about Israel??? LOL

  • Nick Fromm
    Nick Fromm Day ago +1

    Islam is corrupt

  • Mansour Alblowi
    Mansour Alblowi Day ago

    Oh my dudes when oil disappears from earth you will know who the true leaders are

  • Joe Shmoe
    Joe Shmoe 2 days ago

    Monarchy is more stable than theocracy. However, both aren't a form of free govt.

  • RailROL82
    RailROL82 2 days ago

    Excellent video!

  • António Gomes
    António Gomes 2 days ago

    Tony Blair Middle East peace envoy hilarious jokes

  • António Gomes
    António Gomes 2 days ago

    CIA analysts lol 😂

  • nabeel hussain
    nabeel hussain 2 days ago

    Divide and conquer is rule to rule over the world .

  • massterclass9
    massterclass9 2 days ago


  • Monirul Islam
    Monirul Islam 2 days ago +1

    Hey Admin dude,
    USA-NATO-ISREAL are 90% held responsible for current Middle East crisis....CIA, Musad, MI draws every single day a new new dirty politics-war game plan for middle East and you are here tagging others.😠😠😠

  • Mobin Asghari
    Mobin Asghari 2 days ago

    Iran is most powerful but Saudi Arabian is most reach . Money or gone?

  • liner 986
    liner 986 2 days ago

    this video repeatedly fails to distinguish between moderate muslims (shia) vs extremists (sunni), and the fact that Saudi Arabia (under the protection of USA) has been a constant force for ruthless extremism allover the world.

  • naveed khan
    naveed khan 2 days ago

    The Saudis support terrorist groups alquaida, isis etc whereas the Iranians don't.

    • not zayd
      not zayd Day ago

      iranians support houthis, shia militia an hezbollah (also extremist)

  • William Behan
    William Behan 2 days ago

    The Saudi regime as we all know is repulsive It's as if they live in some sort of medieval time wrap .

  • baybythe bay
    baybythe bay 2 days ago

    The next president should demand Iran and Saudi Arabia to negotiate a treatY. Stop selling weapons to Middle East (including Israel) and resign the Iran Nuclear Deal and end all economic sanctions. STOP Supporting the murderous dictatorship of Saudi Arabia.

    • not zayd
      not zayd 10 hours ago

      @baybythe bay thats an illusion, even democracy itself is a heavily flawed system , the only case a tyrant would be willing to negotiate is to preserve their power or to expand it

    • baybythe bay
      baybythe bay 11 hours ago

      @not zayd tyrants can negotiate. by the way, Iran has elements of democracy which Saudi does not.

    • not zayd
      not zayd 12 hours ago

      @baybythe bay thats my point, its impossible to negotiate with a tyrant, they wont stop until everything is theirs

    • not zayd
      not zayd 20 hours ago

      @baybythe bay they're both tyrants, not many seem to understand that

    • baybythe bay
      baybythe bay 21 hour ago

      the murderous dictatorships need to negociate a peace deal

  • جاك العربي
    جاك العربي 2 days ago +3

    Iran is an independent state with its independent decision and demands an end to foreign presence in the region.
    Saudi Arabia is not strong enough to confront Iran, and is always dependent on American and British protection.
    The dispute is not between Sunnis and Shiites. It is a historic dispute between the peoples of the region who refuse to surrender to the colonial powers.
    Now Western countries have become dependent on their agents in some Arab countries to control peoples and plunder wealth (and this is a form of modern colonialism).
    I am a Sunni Muslim Arab ... I stand by Iran in the face of foreign ambitions and their agents in the region.
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  • Hadi Shamas
    Hadi Shamas 2 days ago

    Hezbollah isn't a millishia

    • not zayd
      not zayd Day ago

      no its an its extremist group

  • shahdrah
    shahdrah 2 days ago

    Is the US and UK behind the whole Proxy War process?

    • not zayd
      not zayd Day ago

      i dont see how either can influence iran so probably not

  • Hugh Barlow
    Hugh Barlow 2 days ago

    So it's all about Saudia Arabia v Iran? Some people might think Palestine v US/Israel has at least something to do with it ...

    • not zayd
      not zayd Day ago

      not so much, i dont think so

  • Mohammed Helmy
    Mohammed Helmy 2 days ago

    Yeah going very well these days towards the end 😁😁

  • Tony Shirk
    Tony Shirk 2 days ago

    A 10 minute explanation of the Middle East's Cold War that has roots deep in its Bedouin culture going back multiple millenia and spanning thousands of conflicts can't help, but feel inadequate.

  • berkeley Lewis
    berkeley Lewis 2 days ago

    IMO if the white skinned man would have stayed in his homeland and stop running to and fro and inhabiting other lands and conquering native peoples and being a busy body in other countries ways of life(colonialism), we would not be in this situation. We didn't need social media, a mortgage, a wall street. We didn't need all these wicked imaginations for rich greedy man to get more and more money. blue eyed devil.

  • Filip TM
    Filip TM 2 days ago

    6:55 oh I have an idea what the US is doing in Iraq. Securing its OIL. I am also disappointed that the role of Russia isn’t mentioned.

  • Ibrahim Alawi
    Ibrahim Alawi 2 days ago

    You forgot to mention that Isis came by USA

  • Ahmad Mukhlid
    Ahmad Mukhlid 2 days ago

    The problem between Saudi Arabia and iran is way before this time, it was when arab(Saudi Arabia) by omar al-khattab took Persian empire down

  • Daniel Farzan
    Daniel Farzan 3 days ago

    This video is wrong, wrong aaaaand wrong

  • Ka An
    Ka An 3 days ago

    This reportage is Mixing honey with poison (some truth with a lot of lies)

  • meet Singh
    meet Singh 3 days ago


  • Love Iran
    Love Iran 3 days ago

    The main cause is Western.

  • Thor The God of Thunder

    I'm glad I'm not middle eastern or learning history would've been mess lol. Pakistan's history began in 1947 so we don't have much to learn.

  • B Sandstorm
    B Sandstorm 3 days ago

    We should call it Oil Wars or Cold War II.

  • Russian_ GurlXP
    Russian_ GurlXP 3 days ago +6


    All because of the Big Cold War that USSR and USA been showing off to made a mess that shows up today

  • David Kamau
    David Kamau 3 days ago +1

    I wish Bin Laden was Alive and well.

    • not zayd
      not zayd Day ago

      your taste in role models is almost as atrocious as your taste in music

    • Matt Thompson
      Matt Thompson 3 days ago


  • Nassim Dhaher
    Nassim Dhaher 3 days ago +1

    The US always helped Iran under the table. They did this in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, where the leftover was/is regimes pro Iran.

  • Jordan Spencer
    Jordan Spencer 3 days ago

    The video is about the saudis and Iranians so stop boohooing about the US.

  • Ali Akbar Abedini
    Ali Akbar Abedini 3 days ago

    Saudis are savage and attack Yemen

    • not zayd
      not zayd Day ago

      houthis are savage and bomb airports in saudia

  • GERBO The Gerbil
    GERBO The Gerbil 3 days ago +3

    Woha! You managed to tell a story of the middle east conflicts without mentioning Israel once!

  • Dddd44 44
    Dddd44 44 3 days ago

    إضن العراق أشدخلة

  • Boris Be loud us
    Boris Be loud us 3 days ago

    It all will end in the Jezreel Valley. Armageddon. Whether this comment is read or not, this is gonna happen

  • نیکوو Kkk
    نیکوو Kkk 3 days ago

    Just Iran.. Us no pawer

  • FMG Gamer
    FMG Gamer 3 days ago +1

    Always check the comment section...people know better than every one...

  • Jawad Salwati
    Jawad Salwati 3 days ago +2

    Basically, the US messed everything up and are pointing fingers at Iran.

  • Just Tech n'd science

    İdk what to say , anyone reading my comment , if you think he is saying the truth behind these things , think twice , man look he ditched israel , and said hezbollah is a terrorrist group.. Well let me tell you something hezbollah is helping palestin in its war versus israel and its helping syria too in its war versus isis and israel , isis is just a terrorist group tryingto invade the middle east , and israil is a thing that is trying to invade palestine , is helping the ones in the good side and fighting the bad side makes hezbollah a terror ? Damn this american way of sorting things! İf you want real talk you must search throughly before anything.. And see the talk in both sides first .

  • saman alizadeh
    saman alizadeh 3 days ago +1

    Iranians are very strong and brave people. We were the first empire in the world. At the Achaemenid times. The US government does not have the ability to attack my country. If it is attacked, we will win this battlefield. Long Live Iran

  • Yunus Ash
    Yunus Ash 3 days ago +3

    Yea, also didnt mention Persia lol goes way back than ottoman empire

  • swagdog100
    swagdog100 3 days ago +1


  • RedPlayZ_Yt red
    RedPlayZ_Yt red 3 days ago

    its all proxy wars.

  • Umar Muneeb
    Umar Muneeb 4 days ago

    Divide and of war

  • David Davidsonn
    David Davidsonn 4 days ago +3

    The middle east explained.
    One word.

    • George Makris
      George Makris 3 days ago

      We didnt have one enemy in the middle east before that wicked state was formed. Never forget operation SUSANNA and the USS Liberty

  • Muk Bang 2
    Muk Bang 2 4 days ago

    Nuke them both 👏🏼

  • CaptainBraxxton
    CaptainBraxxton 4 days ago

    This is what passes for an "authoritative source" who should get to decide what people are allowed to hear?

  • Andy Miners
    Andy Miners 4 days ago

    Saudi is propped up by both US and UK the difficulties started with the US/UK supporting one group in a complicated patchwork much like British after the fall of the ottoman empire,now we see the bloody mess foreign interference has caused.

  • burgundypoint
    burgundypoint 4 days ago +7

    And the US and Israhell have nothing to with the mess right?

  • indoAmor - A brand of Kalakriti Creations

    If we get a substitute of oil ... Most of world problem get solve.. When middle east have no money we get rid of terrorism.
    When oil substitue is there there is no pollution, control on global warming and many other prob get solve.
    Muslim pollulation is most cruel and non sense pollution on this planet.

  • Kemal Parmaksız
    Kemal Parmaksız 4 days ago +1

    Ottoman empire collapse and After 6 years later "oil dicoverd in Arabia" :-)))))) What a coincidence!

    • MrNorthernSol
      MrNorthernSol 3 days ago

      Tinfoil hat comment.
      Do you think in 1914, poil was a vital resource worth fighting a World War over?

  • DJScuff edJays
    DJScuff edJays 4 days ago

    This is a bad video. the information presented is bad, and false at times.

    • DJScuff edJays
      DJScuff edJays Day ago

      Matt Thompson If that is the case then im sorry that your schooling has failed you.

    • Matt Thompson
      Matt Thompson 2 days ago

      I disagree it was well done and very accurate. I'm just curious what info. is wrong ?

    • DJScuff edJays
      DJScuff edJays 3 days ago

      Matt Thompson Bad and false. Bad meaning not put together well, false meaning there is disinformation, and wrong information within the video.

    • Matt Thompson
      Matt Thompson 3 days ago

      Bad and False how so?

  • Kamion King
    Kamion King 4 days ago

    Saudi Arabia is the devil in the whole thing.

  • Stan Stanislav
    Stan Stanislav 4 days ago

    Marvelous video!!! Thank you so much!!!