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Strategic Location of Middle East

Middle East is an interconnecting link among Asia, Europe and Africa, Important travel routes connecting the Far East and Middle East with Europe and America pass through the Middle East. This region contains strategic choke points and straits. This includes the Strait of Gibraltar, between the Atlantic and Mediterranean; the Turkish Straits, connecting the Black and Mediterranean seas; the Suez Cannel, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea; the Strait of Babel Mandeb, linking the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean, through the Gulf of Aden and the Strait of Hormuz between the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. To achieve its strategic goals embracing the power over these straits and choke points USA has developed military alliances and established military bases in this region since the early 1950s. The strategic location and resources found in the Middle East make it a tempting region for imperialistic nations to exercise their power and economic influence.