Rival factions could see Iraq’s borders re-drawn

Thousands of Iraqis have fled the IS onslaught across government territory (photo: dpa)
Thousands of Iraqis have fled the IS onslaught across government territory (photo: dpa)

Iraq has been split by rival regional groups which have undermined the country’s ability to govern and run its economy. This division has been exacerbated by America’s decision to successively pull out of Iraq, show less interest in the Middle East and simultaneously pivot to Asia. The future could see new countries emerge as internationally-recognised borders are re-drawn.

IRAQ, cobbled together from the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire in 1921, is rapidly moving from a failing state to a failed state.

Large swathes of territory are effectively controlled and administered by non-state actors such Islamic State (IS) - also known as Daesh in Arabic, Iran-backed Shia militias...

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