Vincent Stewart, director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, told a conference that he found it difficult to envisage the countries emerging intact from the wars they endure.
“I’m having a tough time seeing it come back together,” Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart told an audience of US security analysts.
With regards to Syria, the Pentagon chief gave a bleak prognosis; “I can see a time in the future where Syria is fractured into two or three parts.”
In Iraq, the Defense Intelligence Agency boss indicated that he believes it unlikely that a government in Baghdad could hold authority over the disparate regions within the country’s official borders; Stewart said he is “wrestling with the idea that the Kurds will come back to a central government of Iraq.”
CIA Director John Brennan, speaking at the same event, echoed Stewart’s idea that the borders of the Middle Eastern countries have irreparably broken down as a result of war and sectarianism.
“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,” said Brennan, remarking that Iraqis and Syrian now identify themselves more by their tribe or religious sect, than by nationality.
Full article: Pentagon Intel Chief Predicts Breakup of Iraq and Syria (Sputnik News)