The contemporary political history of
West Asia as a whole

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A guide to the Gulf arms bazaar maze
By Michael Georgy, Reuter, 16 February 1997. Abu Dhabi is the market for high-tech hardware and so the big weapons-makers head there. Western arms dealers lobby for their products as the best deterrent against Iran, feared as a non-Arab nemesis capable of delivering military firepower from just across the Gulf.
'The Neighbors Are Talking:' Despite past differences, Syria and Iraq are teaming up again
By Barbara Nimri Aziz, in Toward Freedom, August 1997. Syria and Iraq have opened their borders and may be on the way to normalizing their relations. Syria seemed to affirm its hostility to Iraq when it joined the US-led coalition to drive Iraq out of Kuwait. But they have reconomic reasons to restore good relations.