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The American-Russian-Turkish Triangle and the Civil War in Syria
canadafreepress.com ^ | Monday, May 27, 2013 | By INSS Mark A. Heller

Posted on 06/22/2013 11:38:31 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

At some point, Assad may even be able to turn on those foreign tormentors who have supported his domestic opponents, including Turkey

Ex-empires may all be equal, but some are apparently more equal than others. Since he became US Secretary of State in February 2013, John Kerry has met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu four times. Only one other foreign dignitary has spent more time with Kerry – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Simple arithmetic does not reveal much about foreign policy priorities, but this fact does symbolize the importance that the Obama administration attaches to a new, improved version of the “reset” in Russian-American relations. That attachment even overrides Barack Obama’s relationship with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Obama recently described as one of his five best international friends. And that, in turn, has important implications for the outcome of the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Foreign intervention has been one of the most important factors affecting the course of the upheavals washing over the Arab world since the first uprising, in Tunisia in late 2010. In Syria, a loose, disjointed coalition of opposition forces that receives material support but no direct military assistance from a loose, disjointed coalition of third parties (Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) has waged a persistent though inconclusive campaign for over two years against a regime that enjoys direct military assistance from Iran and Hizbollah – the only outside forces with “boots on the ground” in Syria – but also critical material and diplomatic support from Russia.


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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; israel; jordan; lebanon; qatar; russia; saudiarabia; syria; turkey; waronterror

1 posted on 06/22/2013 11:38:31 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What does Syria have that is of interest (beyond antiquities)?


2 posted on 06/22/2013 11:41:53 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

What does Syria have that is of interest (beyond antiquities)?

Syria has Iraq’s missing weapons of mass destruction along with much that they made themselves. Iran has the nukes. Egypt has been armed and rearmed by the US. Guess who is in the middle of all these weapons of mass destruction, Israel.


3 posted on 06/22/2013 11:51:40 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Paladin2
What does Syria have that is of interest (beyond antiquities)?

Location, location, location.

4 posted on 06/22/2013 12:31:34 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Paladin2

A state-owned central bank.


5 posted on 06/22/2013 12:47:46 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Paladin2
What does Syria have that is of interest (beyond antiquities)?

For the next 30 years or so I would like it to be a big colosseum, where various jihadis from around the world can go to achieve martyrdom, rather than staying in their own western countries causing trouble.

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6 posted on 06/22/2013 2:10:43 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Ernest.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Obama recently described as one of his five best international friends
well, that'll put blood in Erdogan's stool. :')


7 posted on 06/22/2013 2:29:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

We think alike.


8 posted on 06/22/2013 2:32:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I would start a travel agency if it would help.


9 posted on 06/22/2013 2:41:34 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: PieterCasparzen

Bingo.


10 posted on 06/23/2013 5:02:14 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Paladin2

pick your poison:

https://startpage.com/do/search?q=pipelines+through+syria


11 posted on 06/23/2013 12:39:30 PM PDT by Yehuda
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