'Iraq & Syria may not survive as states'

US Defense Intelligence Agency chief expresses his doubts about the two countries coming back together

'Iraq & Syria may not survive as states'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraq and Syria may have been permanently splitted by war and sectarian tensions, the head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency said Thursday. 

"I'm having a tough time seeing it come back together," Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart told an industry conference, speaking of Iraq and Syria, both of which have seen large parts of their territories occupied by ISIL.

Steward said it is highly unlikely that Kurds will come back to a central government of Iraq, as for Syria he belives the country is going to be "fractured into two or three parts." 

"This is not a U.S. goal, but it's looking increasingly likely," he noted.

CIA Director John Brennan, speaking on the same panel at an industry conference, noted that the countries' borders remain in place, but the governments have lost control of them. A self-declared caliphate by the ISIL straddles the border between both countries.

According to Brennan, Iraqis and Syrians now more often identify themselves by tribe or religious sect, rather than by their nationality.

"I think the Middle East is going to be seeing change over the coming decade or two that is going to make it look unlike it did," he said.

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