The snow-clad peak of Mt Hermon, where Syria, Lebanon and Israel’s Golan Heights meet, is at the fulcrum of a feared World War 3, should the Middle East conflict radiate further outwards.

To the east of Mt Hermon — where a UN peacekeeping force has maintained a lookout post since 1974 — is Iran, the king in this chess game, according to conflict analysis podcast RealLifeLore. To the west, Iran’s “queen”, Hezbollah in Lebanon. To the northeast, you’ll find a bishop, the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, while the knights — the Shia militias in Iraq and Syria — are to the southeast...

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