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US backs Daesh in Syria, but not in its puppet regimes: Analyst

The US does not “want ISIS (Daesh) to spread into Saudi Arabia and some of the other” Persian Gulf puppet countries, Keith Preston told Press TV on Wednesday.

The United States is allowing Daesh terrorists to remain and grow in Syria, but simultaneously preventing its spread into its puppet countries like Saudi Arabia, an American political analyst says.

Americans “want to use Daesh as a weapon against the regime of President (Bashar al-) Assad, they do want to eliminate that regime, because that regime is not a regime that’s a puppet of the Americans,” Keith Preston, director of, told Press TV on Wednesday.

“They want to contain ISIS in Iraq and they don’t want ISIS to spread into Saudi Arabia and some of the other” Persian Gulf states, he added.

The analyst went on to say that “President Assad is the only alternative to seizure of power in Syria by the Daesh, there is not going to be some kind of pro-Western regime in Syria despite what some American leaders may be fantasizing about this, this is not going to happen.”

Preston made the comments when asked about recent remarks by Michael Flynn, former commander of US special forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, who said the US invasion and occupation of Iraq helped to create the Daesh terrorist group.

“We were too dumb,” Flynn told German newspaper Der Spiegel in an interview published on Sunday. “We didn't understand who we had there at that moment.”

“It was huge error,” said the general, who was America's highest ranking military intelligence official. “As brutal as Saddam Hussein was, it was a mistake to just eliminate him.”

Preston said “the dislodging of Saddam Hussein’s regime essentially plunged Iraq into state of civil war, that allowed the al-Qaeda to enter into Iraq and fester and grow and then the Daesh is actually a splinter group from al-Qaeda.”

The US invaded Iraq in March 2003 under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons, however, were ever found in Iraq.

The invasion plunged Iraq into chaos, resulting in years of deadly violence and the rise of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, which was a precursor of Daesh.

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