Former CIA director Michael Hayden believes Iraq has ceased to exist as an actual country
“I think Iraq has pretty much ceased to exist,” said Hayden on Thursday. “It’s divided into three parts. … I don’t see them getting back together and we need to deal with that reality.”
Hayden, a retired four star general who is also former director of the NSA, explained: “You’ve got Kurdistan which is quite healthy. You’ve got Sunnistan which right now is controlled by terrorists, and you’ve got the rough state of Iraq which I’ll call Shiastan which is the only part under [Iraqi Prime Minister] Nouri al’Maliki’s control.”
As terrorist juggernaut ISIS tears through Iraq and Syria on its quest to build a new caliphate, calls for Maliki’s resignation are getting louder.
“The impression I have is that neither the United States or Europe or the Arab states want him anymore,” said Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq Thursday. “He did not lead an inclusive government, terrorism has increased and we reached the point where we are today.” (RELATED: Jihadi Militants Ban Smoking And Guns In Conquered Territories)
ISIS took Iraq’s second largest city on June 10, and also controls Fallujah and Tikrit. (RELATED: Islamic Militants Use Twitter App To Help Take Over Iraq And Syria)