Syria’s President says jihadists came to Palmyra with US support

Damascus, Dec 14 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the jihadists who attacked Palmyra a few days ago came to the city with the support of the United States, or at least with its knowledge.

Al-Assad said that many of those terrorists came from al-Raqqa and Deir al-Zour either with American direct support or at least with their knowledge, and then they allowed Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to complete the mission by supporting and co-sponsoring the Islamic State, reports Efe.

“This is what is happening in Palmyra, the issue is not just related to Mosul,” he added, referring to reports that the guerrillas came from Mosul after the US offensive here.

“The jihadist attack on Palmyra, with a large number of combatants who traveled with weapons that were previously not available, demonstrates the direct support,” the Syrian President said.

Al-Assad accused US troops involved in operations against the IS in Mosul and al-Raqqa of allowing terrorists to leave those areas without any hindrance.

The Syrian leader also denounced that western countries for only caring about the civilian population when the offensives are of the government army, but not when people die from attacks by the terrorists.

“They do not worry when the opposite happens, when the terrorists are killing those civilians or attacking Palmyra and destroying the human heritage, not only the Syrian heritage,” he said.