Skip to comments.Turkish Media Say Saudi Arabia, Turkey May Strike In Syria
Posted on 02/13/2016 5:40:05 AM PST by Strategy
ISTANBUL -- Turkish media are quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria.
After taking part at a security conference in Munich, Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia was "ready to send both jets and troops" to Turkey's Incirlik airbase.
"Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation (against IS) from the land," Saturday's edition of the Yeni Safak pro-government newspaper quoted him as saying.
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In other words, the Kurds will come under attack.
I would suggest the Kurds are part of the effort in Syria and Iraq but not the PKK which are different still.
Alot of ominous Twitter traffic today. But don’t worry John Kerry is working out another cease fire plan. On second thought, PANIC.
Unless it is worked out through back channels before hand, such a move has the real danger of bringing Turkish and Saudi forces into contact and conflict with Iranian and Russian forces.
If that happens, you will see a widening war.
Remember, Turkey is a member of NATO and if they provoke Russia and/or Iran into conducting air attacks into Turley, there is a real danger NATO gets pulled into the fighting to defend a NATO member.
If NATO gets pulled into it there...Europe may easily go up as well.
Very dangerous moves here...and it is happening because of an absolute lack of leadership from the US.
This entire fiasco was a nightmare cooked up by Obama and Clinton for their “Arab Spring.”
There never should have been attacks into Syria.
There never should have been attacks into Libya which resulted in Benghazi.
There never should have been a Muslim Brotherhood revolution in Egypt...which (thank God) ended up with the Egyptian Military and the Egyptian people over throwing it.
There has been a large amount of talk in recent days about the possibility of Saudi intervention in Syria, now however Turkey seems to also want to join in on the action. Within the last few hours, key developments in southern Turkey have shown the war in Syria could be about to transform into a full scale international conflict.
The most important of these developments is the announcement by Turkey that it could conduct a joint operation in Syria with Saudi Arabia. According to AFP, the Turkish Vice Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that should there be a strategy, “ground operations” were possible. Such comments, made at the Munich Security Conference, come just hours after the announcement by the Saudi Ministry of Defense that it would be deploying warplanes to the Incirlik Airbase in southern Turkey. Turkish officials have also confirmed that these planes would be used in an anti-ISIS role, as opposed to simply for training.
Everybody wants to smack ISIS, but the Saudis and the Turks are no great friends of Russia or Iran or their puppets the Assads. Once ISIS is gone, it will be once again the Sunnis against the Shiites, with Russia on the side of the latter.
Nothing to worry about from the Saudis at least - they are trained as an internal security force, and are incapable of acting externally without being cut to pieces. Worse, if the Saudis do sent them, then there are huge holes in its own internal security, leaving the entire country at risk.
And . . . Russia says we’ll lead, you follow. (It will be a bumpy ride between now and next January.)
ISIS is now in territory controlled by the US ... Russia controls all west of Raqqa.
The Saudis are full of bluster and have no troops trained for external operations. Their military is maxed out between Yemen (next door to Saudi) and maintaining a lid on the Shia bordering Iran in Saudi.
ISIS may not be gone for a long time, if it is up to US forces practicing a kinder gentler war using lawyers to determine targeting. US ROEs would have to resemble the Russians to be effective: kill them all, let their deity sort it out. Which is actually the only way to win a war, anything else just increases the dead and postpones the end.
Add this to the equation:
The relationships between NATO and Russia have slid down toward a new Cold War, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a panel discussion during the Munich Security Conference, describing NATO’s policy as “unfriendly and not transparent.”
Assad has turned out to be stronger than all anticipated. The rebels, composed of several groups, have morphed into this ISIS monster. The Kurds have been holding off ISIS encroachment and Assad is being backed by the Russians. The Turks have been backing the rebels and supplying aid and support — funneled in by Obama’s CIA and State Department via Libya. Right now, the Russian aid to Assad appears o have given him the upper hand in this civil war. We shall see. As for John F’ing Kerry's “ceasefire” — good luck with that.
The Turks already bloodied the bully’s nose by shooting down one Russian jet and this will be a good follow up. With Russia being fought in Syria, it will also let Ukraine and other European countries to get rid of Putins henchmen in their respective countries.
Putin will be humiliated and run out of office. Maybe the Russians can then join everyone else in the 21st century
Why? Theocracies are not interested in individual freedom and liberty. Could this be a parallel to the Iraq invasion of Kuwait?
Saudi FM: Yemen action aimed at thwarting Iran, Hezbollah
Adel al-Jubeir tells Munich meet that Riyadh has âno ambitions beyond its borders,â is guided by pragmatism
By GEIR MOULSON
February 12, 2016, 10:01 pm 0
MUNICH (AP) â Saudi Arabiaâs foreign minister on Friday defended his countryâs foreign policy and its stance in Yemen and Syria, insisting that the kingdom has no ambitions beyond its borders. Its actions in Yemen, Adel al-Jubeir said, were aimed at preventing a âradical militia allied with Iran and Hezbollahâ from seizing power.
Since taking power last year, King Salman has led his country toward an aggressive new stance, confronting longtime regional rival Iran by leading a military coalition fighting Iranian-allied rebels in Yemen. Riyadh is also one of the main opponents of President Bashar Assadâs government in Syria.
Putin has already moved front line air to air units and modern air defense systems into the area. He’s ready and waiting. And itching to pay back the Turks for the murdered Russian pilot.
Shooting down Turkish planes over Syria shouldn’t trigger NATO obligations. But the Turkish pilots would be better off going after their own government than going after the Russians.
(CNN)Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the strained relationship between his country and the West can be described as a “new Cold War. At a security conference in Munich, Germany, on Saturday, Mevedev called NATO’s policy toward Russia “unfriendly and opaque,” saying, “Sometimes I wonder if this is 2016 we live in or 1962.”
Since Jan 16, 2016
Been working for Soros long?
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