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    The recent developments in Syria and Iraq show that US is not serious in fighting the ISIL militants, says Egyptian analyst.

    The West, specially the US, is not serious in its fight against the Takfiri terrorists, says an Egyptian analyst, Iranian media reports.

    According to Abdel Fattah Mohammad the recent fall of two strategic cities in Iraq and Syria to Islamic State terrorists was, rather, the result of a US-ISIL alliance.

    "The simultaneous fall of Palmyra (also known in Arabic as Tadmor) in Syria with that of Ramadi in Iraq in the presence of the anti-ISIL coalition shows that the US and the ISIL are on the same side," Abdel Fattah Mohammad told FNA on Wednesday.

    He stressed that someone who looks at the developments of Syria and Iraq from outside clearly sees a relationship between the simultaneous collapse of Palmyra and Ramadi.

    "After nine months since the beginning of the US-led anti-ISIL coalition's airstrikes on ISIL positions in Iraq and Syria, the coalition is still incapable of preventing the ISIL advances in both countries because the US is cooperating with the ISIL," Mohammad said.

    The city of Palmyra is strategically located at the crossroads of main highways leading west to Damascus and Homs, and East to Iraq.

    The antiquities officials are anxious that ISIL wants to destroy Palmyra’s pre-Islamic cultural treasure, which include colonnaded streets and ancient citadels.

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