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Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan said on Friday he was not optimistic about the future of Syria as a country.
“I don’t know whether or not Syria can be put back together again,” Brennan told the annual Aspen Security Forum, Reuters reported.
His direct public statement is said to be the first of its kind from a top US official, revealing the obvious that Syria may not be able to stand as a country after the five-year civil war. Not even in its current religious, socio-cultural, economic and political situation.
Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday announced that four additional “humanitarian corridors” will be opened from Aleppo, adding that 169 civilians have been able to get out so far.
“Four humanitarian corridors are being opened, in addition to those prepared earlier for the exit of civilians from Aleppo neighborhoods controlled by militants,” a ministry statement said.
In another report, John Brennan [the CIA Director] said: “ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West.” He said IS probably is working to smuggle them into countries, perhaps among refugee flows or through legitimate means of travel.
The Islamic State terrorist group has reportedly created at least six functioning armies outside its Iraq-Syria base that threaten governments in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Islamic State — also known as ISIL and ISIS — keeps growing wings and spreading same across boundaries around the world, notwithstanding joint efforts aimed at erasing the terrorists from Syria.
The terror group has increasing numbers of henchmen in Libya, Egypt, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Afghanistan, according to a US Congressional Research Service report presented to lawmakers on June 14, 2016.
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