Dom Joly and Owen Bennett-Jones
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Dom Joly and Owen Bennett Jones on who supports whom in Syria

23 September 2013 Last updated at 01:28 BST

There have been a number of recent attempts to find a pithy way to explain the complexity of the Middle East and who supports whom in Syria.

Comedian Dom Joly, who grew up in Lebanon and travels frequently in the Middle East, and the BBC's Owen Bennett Jones, a Middle East expert, have recorded their own attempt.

They gave themselves three minutes to untangle the situation.

They could perhaps have done with longer.

Owen Bennett Jones's Guide to the Middle East is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Monday at 8.00pm.