When asked by a reporter if he preferred to see Palmyra remain in the hands of Daesh, Toner struggled to find the right response.
“Uh… it’s truly a… uh… uh… um… Look. Uh… I think what we would… uh… like to see is… uh… the political negotiations, that political track… uh… pick up steam. Uh… that’s part of the reason the Secretary’s in Moscow today, um… so we can get a political process underway, um… and deepen and strengthen the cessation of hostilities into a real ceasefire and then…”
“We have to remember that the narrative of the Obama administration and western governments has always been that Daesh is the product of the policies of the Damascus government, and as a result they have always blamed the Syrian government for the rise of Daesh and of course they wont be happy if their arch enemy [the Syrian government] is making political and media gains,” Ibrahim said.
“Either go ahead and attack Deir Ezzor and break the Daesh siege over 10,000 soldiers and 200,000 civilians, or proceed towards Raqqa. This is an important choice because many people believe that there is a secret deal in place that would allow for the division of Syria, facilitating the advance of Kurdish forces onto Raqqa, backed by the US-led coalition while the Syrian army advances to Deir Ezzor and takes the city. [This] would allow for the division of Syria, something that many Syrians are worried about,” Ibrahim added.
Source: al-Ahed News