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Conflict in the Middle East hits home

The world watches as tensions rise

Conflict is spreading across the Middle-Eastern region of the globe. Tensions have risen between Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel as they try to slow Iranian influence in the region. At the same time, Turkey is beginning to enter into the conflict as battles break out between American soldiers and Russian contracted soldiers. Each country in the region is facing their own challenges as signs point to another large-scale conflict. These tensions are reflected both regionally and locally felt by students on the Auraria campus.

Photo credit: Sarai Nissan • The Sentry

An Iranian drone launched into Israeli territory, according to Israel’s military. Israel’s response was to shoot down the drone and launch further strikes in Syria. Then, on Feb. 10, Syrian militants fired an anti-aircraft missile at an Israeli F-16 fighter jet, causing it to crash after both pilots had safely ejected. Israel then went on to destroy half of the Syrian air force, a sign of their power in the region.

Meanwhile, American troops are currently stationed in eastern Syria. An American base in Deir Ezzor was recently attacked by Russian soldiers. According to Bloomberg news, Russian contract soldiers, or “mercenaries,” attacked the base, causing a retaliation that ended with dozens of Russians killed. While both the Kremlin and the Pentagon acknowledged the attack, Moscow protested that the attack on the base was not ordered by the government, meaning that the soldiers had “gone rogue.”

At the same time, the U.N.  has urged a ceasefire to allow for peace talks to occur. Sweden and Kuwait were seeking to create a resolution that would order a 30-day ceasefire, allowing evacuations for the critically injured, sick, and allowing humanitarian efforts to begin in the rebel-held areas.

Russia’s U.N. ambassador Vassily Nebenzia deemed the proposed ceasefire as “simply unrealistic,” and has since declined the resolution. This declining of peace signals that this conflict will only continue to rise until it will eventually boil over. If current trends continue, more countries will be forcibly involved as each nation involved will continue to fight the others.

On the Auraria campus, there are hundreds of students who find their homes in this region. Whether from Israel or Iran, students and their families can feel the ripples affecting their lives.

There’s no denying that these trends in rising conflict in this region can lead to broader conflict. Talks of such an event is overwhelming to many, especially those who have been experiencing this for years and continue to watch their homes be torn apart.

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