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US hypocritical in fight on Daesh: Analyst

"The United States has sought to use Daesh as a means of toppling Assad," Keith Preston says.

The United States is pursuing a hypocritical policy towards its fight against Daesh in the Middle East, says political analyst Keith Preston.

Washington is letting Daesh Takfiris to spread in countries which are US enemies, like Syria, but is worried about the terrorists’ expansion in countries whose governments are US allies, said the chief editor and director of

He made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday when asked about a visit by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to Iraq.

Carter announced that 560 American troops would be sent to Iraq to help the country fight against Daesh and retake Mosul, the country's second largest city, from the terrorist group.

According to Preston, “the United States is becoming increasingly concerned about the stability of the government of Iraq,” adding that “they do not want Iraq to fall to the Daesh.”

“The United States also has precisely the opposite position on Iraq than they do on Syria, the United States has sought to use the Daesh as a means of toppling (President) Assad."

“For that reason, the United States has been very half-measured, if you will, in terms of its effort against the Daesh in Syria,” he explained.

“The Americans are interested in, on one hand, essentially giving the Daesh a free hand against President Assad, but they do not want Daesh to spread into regions of the Middle East that are run by American puppet governments,” he stated.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh terrorists mounted an offensive in the country in June 2014.

In Syria, foreign-backed militancy has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and displacement of millions since 2011.

The US and some of its regional allies, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been implicated in support for the Takfiri groups there.

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