Iraq may have to be partitioned

WE mentioned this several times. Now an Army chief says it.

General Raymond Odierno, who once served as the top U.S. commander in Iraq and retires Friday after nearly 40 years in uniform, said the U.S. focus for now should be on defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the militant group that has seized large portions of the country.

But in a valedictory news conference he took a pessimistic view about the underlying conflict between Shiites and Sunnis that brought the two communities to brink of civil war in 2006.

Asked if he saw any possibility of reconciliation between the two, Odierno said “It’s becoming more difficult by the day” and pointed to a future in which “Iraq might not look like it did in the past.”

Asked about partition, he said: “I think that is for the region and politicians to figure out, diplomats to figure out how to work this, but that is something that could happen.

“It might be the only solution but I’m not ready to say that yet.”

In the meantime, he said, “We have to deal with ISIL first and decide what it will look like afterwards.” ISIL is an acronym some U.S. officials use in referring to ISIS.

WE see a Kurdish state, Sunni and Shiitie states.

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