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WORLD WAR THREE is among the biggest geopolitical concerns for the general public, with international relations between several countries approaching breaking point. Which countries could go to war in the next five years?
By LIAM DOYLE
Cold War tensions in certain parts of the World are resurfacing, as Russia and the US once again clash – this time over Ukraine. As a result, the public have been fretting about the possibility of another World War breaking out. Deterioration in alliances between certain countries have been particularly notable of late, especially as leaders compete to dmonstrate power. Most of the countries seeing pronounced problems border one another, but certain international communities are now also at odds.
Russia and Ukraine have most notably been at odds recently, with hostility from the Eastern European superpower directed towards sailors in the Crimea.
Two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug sailing to the port of Mariupol in the Sea of Azov were stopped by Russian border guards.
The tugboat was rammed by a Russian ship, and as it attempted to escape was fired upon by FSB border guards.
The Ukrainian flotilla was seized by the FSB and 24 sailors are now being held for two months pre-trial detention at a Crimean court.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko implemented martial law in the border for 30 days, and requested the assistance of Nato ships in response, signalling still growing tensions after Russia seized the Crimea and a Ukrainian peninsula in 2014.
Saudi Arabia vs Iran
Saudi Arabia is another country which has recently been in the news, as the Crown Prince has been accused of ordering the death of Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The country is frequently embroiled in proxy clashes with nearby Iran, both being Muslim nations but following different sects, as Iran is Shia and Saudi Arabia Sunni.
The two are backing opposing parties in the Syrian conflict, with one standing behind the government and the other with rebels.
Iran has been supporting incumbent President Bashar Al Assad alongside Russia, and Saudi Arabia has supported the rebels.
The two countries are already clashing behind the scenes, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has been leading efforts to stem Iranian influence in neighbouring Yemen.
Israel vs Iran
Israel and Iran are among other sets of countries currently locked in a bitter proxy conflict against one another.
Iran and Israel first severed diplomatic and commercial ties following Iran’s 1979 revolution, without any outward hostility.
However, Iran has since supplied both political and military support to pro Palestine group Hamas, which is committed to the destruction of Israel by Jihad.
They also support militant organisation Hezbollah in much the same way, which is also committed to ending Israeli influence.
Allegedly, Israel has also supported the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, which hopes to overthrow Israeli leadership and place its own figures in power.