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If the Middle East is a chessboard, here's how the pieces line up in light of recent developments

If the Middle East is a chessboard, here's how the pieces line up in light of recent developments

For years, Lebanon, often a plaything for foreign powers, had largely avoided becoming a battleground for the region’s toxic rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

But a surprise resignation by Prime Minister Saad Hariri this month, seemingly at the behest of the Saudi government, has pushed the country into the center of that struggle for dominance, which risks plunging the region into open conflict — with Israel acting in conjunction with Saudi Arabia.

Here’s a glance at the some of the players involved and where they stand on the chessboard.

Saudi Arabia Saudi King Salman greets Lebanon’s Saad Hariri in Riyadh on Nov. 6. Hariri has remained in Saudi Arabia...

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