Saudis Willing to Send Ground Troops to Syria

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    Saudi Arabia is prepared to deploy ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if US-led coalition leaders agree to the offer.

    "Today, the Saudi kingdom announced its readiness to participate with ground troops with the US-led coalition against ISIL, because we now have the experience in Yemen," Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told Al Jazeera.

    "We know that air strikes cannot be enough and that a ground operation is needed. We need to combine both to achieve better results on the ground."

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/...-set-deploy-troops-syria-160205042542486.html

    Will they be allowed to send troops into Syria is the question? Would Turkey be allowed to send troops into Syria? :)
     
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    What kind of support would the Saudi's want? Air cover. They'd have US and French air cover, unlike their foray into Yemen, but even that'd be sporadic with Russia and the Syrian Air Force operating in select areas of Syria and a lack of desire from any side to have further confrontations or tangles between the two sides. It's not going to be persistent like in Iraq or Northern Syria around Kobanî, that's for sure.

    And forget Western ground troops. Even the US has had enough of that in the Middle East. No European nation or NATO partner, other than perhaps Turkey, would even consider that in Syria. Too dangerous, too expensive, too risky as no one knows what happens next.

    So what are they asking for? If they entered into Syria via Turkey, they could at least have Turkish artillery and NATO air support. Add US forces in the Kurdish regions of both Syria and Iraq, and they'd have some support. But if the Saudi's entered Syria in the south they'd be on their own unless air cover is provided from US assets in the Gulf.

    Air Cover? Yes. Ground support? Nothing beyond long range artillery. I can't image Western troops in Syria any time soon.
     
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    I think the issue is having permission to send in forces, in other words are Saudis allowed to have influence in that country because ground troops = influence. Same thing for Turkey, would Turkey be allowed to control Syrian areas at its border that are controlled by terrorist Daesh? Most likely not, you can look at a map of who controls what and then see why. ;)

    If Turkey is allowed to send in ground troops then that will mean that the Opposition will most likely win the war, guess who controls opposition after the war? Turkey which played a big military role and has millions of Syrians who now are connected to Turkey and speak Turkish. This will anger many players. :0o0:

    Turkish Prime Minister went to Saudi Arabia this past week and he was accompanied by Chief of Staff Hulusi Akkar

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    Turkish President went at end of December

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    https://news.yahoo.com/turkeys-erdogan-slams-russia-backing-assad-095058206.html

    They setup a high level strategic council

    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/New...p-strategic-cooperation-council-Saudi-FM.html

    We can not forget the Islamic Alliance created by Saudi Arabia which involves Turkey.

    Salman is more aggressive than the last King :O---:
     
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    The Saudis are bogged down in Yemen, they don't have enough ground troops to send to Syria that can actually make a difference.

    Next they are dealing with Russia.
     
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    The Turks could take control of the rebel held areas of their border with Syria, a joint Arab force could try to cleanse eastern Syria of ISHIT. The Saudis along with some other Arabs are conducting a military exercise called Northern Thunder. The Egyptians sent a lot of hardware to that exercise, Jordan is involved too. If anyone has been listening to Bernie Sanders King Abdullah said that he wants Muslims Troops on the ground to clear out the terrorists. All of the regional countries want their troops on the ground, the ball is in the coalition leaderships court.

    One of the dynamics that complicates things in this war is its complexity, there are troops from Iran and Russia Operating in Syria if something happens where these regional countries but head with Iran and Russia the risk of a larger war is very high.
     
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    Mohsen Rezaei expressed his concern over Saudi Arabia’s intention to deploy ground troops to Syria, and predicted that in the case of confrontation between Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Syria and the US involvement, a ‘great regional war’ would be waged in the Middle East.

    The official’s warning came in response to the US welcoming reaction to Saudi Arabia’s offer to send ground troops to Syria and Russia’s subsequent warning that Saudi Arabia's proposed troop deployment in Syria would be regarded as a declaration of war.

    http://en.mehrnews.com/news/114182/Official-warns-against-Saudi-plans-to-send-troops-to-Syria
     
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    The Saudis believe that the chance of a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis is very limited," said Mustafa Alani of the independent Gulf Research Centre.

    "They don't see that there is a real pressure on the regime to give major concessions... They think eventually it will have to end in the battlefield.

    "Turkey is enthusiastic about this option (of ground troops) since the Russians started their air operation and tried to push Turkey outside the equation," Alani added.

    He said the Saudis are serious about committing troops "as part of a coalition, especially if the Turkish forces are going to be involved".

    http://news.yahoo.com/syria-rebels-face-rout-allies-saudi-turkey-may-071955719.html

    Its coming to the point where Assad and Putin are going to finish the war on the battlefield. It looks like all negotiations are off especially since Assad has the upper hand. I remember it was only last year when Assad said the he had to let go of parts of Syria because he didn't have enough troops, now the rebels look to be doomed. They got crushed between ISIL, Assad, the Kurds, and the Russians.

    If regional countries don't step in they face a massive Shia force in the region that extends from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. Will they accept this? The Turks definitely can not.
     
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    UAE says it is ready to send ground troops to Syria

    "Our position throughout has been that a real campaign against [ISIL] has to include a ground force," the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

    Gargash added that "US leadership on this" would also be a prerequisite for the UAE.

    He did not elaborate about how many troops the UAE could send - but added: "We are not talking about thousands of troops".

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/uae-ready-send-ground-troops-syria-160207103946820.html

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    The meeting reviewed aspects of cooperation between the two countries and means of developing them.

    http://www.mofa.gov.qa/en/SiteServices/MediaCenter/News/Pages/News20160205181929.aspx
     
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