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    Middle Eastern Warfare’s New Center of Gravity

    It was an oasis of peace. Turkey was a place where Israelis and Arabs of various factions could mix — if not always comfortably. But Tuesday’s triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s airport, a global transport hub, killed 44 people and cemented the nation’s new status as another Middle Eastern conflict zone, albeit one at Europe’s gateway. As Turkish authorities uncover the origins of the apparent ISIS bombing by Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz citizens, the nation’s leaders must confront the reality that war will no longer be contained by the Syrian frontier.

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