Less than 100 years after boundaries were drawn in the Middle East, the durability of those borders — and the nations they formed — is being tested as never before. The sectarian war in Syria is spilling into Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Israel.
July 31, 2013 In Hermel, Lebanon, people cross a bridge over the canal to the Syrian side. Nearly a century ago, Europeans turned up and drew the lines that created the borders of the modern Middle East. But the chaos of Syria’s civil war has muddled the map, creating new frontiers that more closely coincide with the communities they contain. Four flags now fly over the territory known as Syria, representing the competing visions of sect, identity and allegiance that the Syrian war has exposed — and the pieces into which it might break. Dalia Khamissy/For The Washington Post Buy Photo