The conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon could be merging into one war, with participants fighting in a single operational area that transcends national boundaries. Three Shia-dominated governments find themselves up against increasingly collaborative Sunni rebels. The national boundaries drawn up in the Sykes-Picot agreement 90 years ago seem increasingly arbitrary as convoys of fighters and equipment flow easily across borders. Vast swathes of each of these countries are now beyond government control, and for civilians caught up in the fighting, life is almost impossible. Three nations, one conflict and no end in sight.
Source: FT (sub)