Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Keith Preston: US uses terrorist groups to overthrow independent governments

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The long-standing foreign policy of the US government has been to foster violent terrorist groups in the Middle East to attack nations like Iran and Syria that refuse to enter Washington’s sphere of influence, a political analyst in Virginia says.

“The regime in Washington primarily wants to have regimes in power throughout the Middle East that are completely subservient to Washington, DC,” said Keith Preston, the chief editor and director of

The US is pursuing the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because he “has always refused to be brought into the orbit of American imperialism,” Preston told Press TV on Sunday.

“This has been an objective that the United States has been pursuing at least since the early years of the George W. Bush administration, and that is to remove the Assad government from power in Syria,” he added.

“The United States has been backing rebels that have been trying to destabilize the Assad government and have been trying to expand the civil war in Syria,” Preston reiterated.

On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said repeated past statements that Assad “has to go,” but added the timing of his departure should be decided through negotiation.

Speaking after talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, Kerry said Syria’s worsening refugee crisis highlights the need to negotiate a political transition in Damascus.

Kerry also called on Russia and Iran to use their influence over the Syrian leader to convince him to quit his post.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011. According to reports, the United States and its regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

Daesh terrorists, with members from several Western countries, have been active in Iraq, Syria and Libya over the past years, and notorious for their acts of terror and atrocities against people of different religious and ethnic communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others.

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