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2121, 10 Sep 15

Iraq and Syria Will Cease to Exist

In other words, the Islamic State is winning.

“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 chunks territory seized by the Islamic State.

On Iraq, Stewart said he is “wrestling with the idea that the Kurds will come back to a central government of Iraq,” suggesting he believed it was unlikely. On Syria, he added: “I can see a time in the future where Syria is fractured into two or three parts.”

That is not the U.S. goal, he said, but it’s looking increasingly likely.

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 Islamic State straddles the border between both countries.


2121, 10 September 2015


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Thanks to Obama,

    Letting Islamic evil thrive is our current policy.

  2. Mark Maley

    We got hit on a conservatives watch and the same conservatives broke the china shop in the Middle East avenging their getting hit

    They don’t get a 3rd chance to F things up

  3. scott

    What Mark said. Anyone who thinks Bush’s foreign policy was anything but a disaster and who simultaneously blames Obama for problems in the middle-east today has their head so far up their behind that I immediately disregard their opinion.

  4. Rick

    The current borders are arbitrary lines drawn by the colonial powers. We may be in the longest period in human history with international borders as stable as this.

    We are seeing why the US and other powers held their noses and propped up dictators like Hussein because they knew this would be the result without them.

    While Bush’s policies started all of this, Obama owns IS. Starting with not having a Status of Forces agreement when we withdrew. He left very little in place to assure a stable Iraq.

    If Obama was sent to clean up Bush’s mess, he failed miserably.

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