Mark Sykes declared he wanted to draw a line from the “E” in Acre to the last “K” in Kirkuk.
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The Sykes-Picot Agreement, secretly inked by a British politician and French diplomat 100 years ago Monday, cleaved the Middle East in two and laid the groundwork for the region's borders as we know them.Ambivalent toward resources and the ethnic and sectarian makeup of the "zones of influence" the British and French were to control, the straight, diagonal division would become the basis for the border between the future states of Syria and Iraq.For Barr, there are too many other state and non-state actors invested in Syria and Iraq's unity to allow such a disintegration of the old borders, and he remains skeptical about the viability of an independent Kurdistan.In fact, Tejel said, the old borders remain useful for both Daesh and Kurdish groups.However, rather than the state boundaries that the Sykes-Picot began the process of forming, it might be the legacy of foreign intervention in the region that marks its "era".However, the most tumultuous legacy that Sykes-Picot left may be its hesitation over the future of Palestine.It was at this point, Barr said, that Britain started co-opting Zionism to create a friendly buffer state between French Syria and British-held Egypt.
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