Saudis Willing to Send Ground Troops to Syria

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  1. Atilla

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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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    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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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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