Once I read your suggestions for unblocking my teapot spout, I realized that you needed to see the problem with your own eyes - or at least a photo of the problem. Be sure to look at both photos 1 and 2 to appreciate the complexity we are dealing with.
And while we're dealing with complexities, and simply because it was still on the kitchen table leftover from Friday's lively Soup Salon, have a closer look at the diagram of the New Middle East, with the borders redrawn by the Squire of the Dascha. I added some annotations to clarify the otherwise - and perhaps even still - baffling collection of blobs. And do not make the mistake I made of misreading Shiite as Smith, and wondering whether the Mormons were also entering into the territorial disputes in our region?
I'm beginning to think the two problems are somehow intertwined and will have to be solved together.