Syria, Iraq might not be put back together again: CIA head

Pillars of smoke are seen subsequent to a Syrian airstrike on the old city of Homs. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – CIA Director John Brennan said that maintaining territorial integrity in countries like Syria and Iraq might not be possible anymore.

The two countries have been so thoroughly damaged by warfare and sectarian conflict that they might not be put together again. 

According to the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, the current system of governance in Iraq and Syria “might change altogether”.

“I don’t know whether or not Syria and Iraq can be put back together again,” Brennan said in an interview this week with the CTC Sentinel.

“There’s been so much bloodletting, so much destruction, so many continued, seething tensions and sectarian divisions [in the two countries],” he said.

“I question whether we will see, in my lifetime, the creation of a central government in both of those countries that’s going to have the ability to govern fairly.”

Brennan pointed out that he could envision some type of a federal structure governing autonomous regions.

In northern Iraq, Kurds have already established an autonomous region. In northern Syria, also called Rojava, the Kurdish forces announced federalism and started to run their areas through local self-administrations. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

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