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The Near East is the geographical region that stretches from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean (modern Israel, Lebanon and Syria) to the Zagros Mountains that form the western edge of the Iranian plateau, as far north as Anatolia (modern Turkey) and south to the Persian/Arab Gulf.

The central portion of this region is called Mesopotamia (“the land between the rivers” – the Euphrates and the Tigris) and is roughly comparable to the modern state of Iraq.