Middle east world map. 70 of the worlds countries. The vast size of the mediterranean and middle east theatre saw interconnected naval land and air campaigns fought for control of the mediterranean north africa the horn of africa the middle east and southern europe. More specifically it covers an approximate distance of 5600 kilometers. What followed was an extraordinary year as pro democracy rebellions erupted across the middle east.
Theres nothing political about accepting reality and the reality is that palestine is recognised as a country by most 137 of 196. Before the first world war near east was used in english to refer to the balkans and the ottoman empire while middle east referred to iran the caucasus afghanistan central asia and turkestan. Middle east generally refers to the region in southwestern asia roughly the arabian peninsula and the surrounding area including iran turkey egypt. Today the middle east is defined as an area which extends from the atlantic ocean west to afghanistan east.
It has an overall population of approximately 300 million people and surrounds the countries of turkey. The los angeles times festival of books has become a world renowned experience gathering writers poets artists filmmakers musicians and emerging storytellers like no other. The description middle has also led to some confusion over changing definitions. The countries on this map are the ones that have been traditionally considered the middle east.
In december 2010 a man in tunisia burned himself to death in protest at his treatment by police.