As you look over this report, Turkish forces are massing along the border with Syria, and the largest “military exercises” in the history of the Middle East are being organised in northern Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are publicly notifing that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “will be removed by force” if a political remedy cannot be found, and Turkey is boasting that it may have to set up a “safe zone” in northern Syria “for humanitarian purposes”. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their Sunni allies have applyed massive amounts of revenue and arms into the turmoil in Syria, and now that their Sunni insurgents are on the brink of total defeat, they are attempting to come up with a way to warrant going in there and doing the job themselves.
For the Saudis, their aim is on trying to tell everyone that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is an highly dangerous dictator that must be removed at all costs. The subsequent comes from the London Independent…
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be removed by force if the peace process fails, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister has stated.
“Bashar al-Assad will leave – have no doubt about it,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said to CNN. “He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force.”
Saudi Arabia has routed troops and fighter jets to a Turkish military base ahead of a likely ground invasion of Syria.
So exactly who will be doing the “removing” if force is necessary?
Are the Saudis prepared to send in ground troops?
Evidently they are. Just consider what Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN…
Saudi Foreign Minister Jubeir made crystal clear that his country’s troops would not go it exclusively.
“I can tell you that there is some serious discussion going on with regards to looking at a ground component in Syria, because there has to be a possibility of taking and holding ground, that one cannot do from the air.”
“We are saying we will participate within the U.S.-led coalition, should this coalition decide to send ground troops into Syria, that we are prepared to send special forces with those troops.”
But if the Saudis try to acquire Damascus and remove Assad by force, the Syrians and their allies will definitely fight back. That means that the Saudis will be fighting Hezbollah, the Iranians and the Russians.
Obviously, Saudi Arabia is going to require a lot of help to do that.
So that may clarify why Saudi Arabia has organized the largest “military exercise” in the history of the Middle East. CNN at last announced on this gigantic gathering of military forces in northern Saudi Arabia earlier today…
Saudi Arabia unveiled a massive military exercise that will consist of troops from 20 nations, state media noted Monday.
The exercise, dubbed North Thunder, consists of Arab and Muslim countries, based on the Saudi Press Agency. It’s taking place in King Khalid Military City in northeastern Saudi Arabia.
The news agency didn’t offer much details on what the exercise involves but called it “the largest in the region’s history.” The agency mentioned it will involve air, sea and land forces.
This is the list of nations that are supposedly taking part in these “exercises” so far…
-United Arab Emirates
Yesterday, 350,000 soldiers, 20,000 tanks, 2,450 warplanes and 460 military helicopters are apparently accumulating for these “military exercises”.
Obviously, that appears to be a great deal of overkill if the objective is just “training”.
Here is a tad bit more about these “exercises” from RT…
The Saudi state agency made the announcement on Sunday, including that participating troops will start moving in “the next few hours.”
The oil-rich nation identified the exercises as “the largest and most important” military drills in the region’s history.
The so-called “Northern Thunder” exercise will be held in the north of the country and will consist of air, sea and land forces. SPA stated that it will show that Riyadh and its allies “stand united in confronting all challenges and preserving peace and stability in the region.”
So are these forces gathering for a ground invasion of Syria?
We shall find out.
In due course, we probably will not have to hold out too long before we find out the answer.
On the other hand, Turkish officials continue to claim that they may have to set up a “safe zone” for refugees in northern Syria. Since thousands of refugees are continually pouring their direction, they assert that they have no other choice but to go in and take control of the problem.
Actually, Turkey has already set up several very large refugee camps on the Syrian side of the border…
Some 100,000 Syrian refugees are being looked after in camps inside Syria close to the Turkish border, which includes 35,000 who this month fled a Russian-backed regime offensive in northern Aleppo province, a top Turkish official explained Friday.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan, whose country has come under growing tension to open its border to persons fleeing the violence, stated the refugees were being accommodated in 9 camps just across the border with Syria.
But make no miscalculation – this is not just about assisting refugees.
The truth is that ISIS has been utilizing Turkey as a home base for years, and hundreds of millions of dollars of ISIS oil has been transported into Turkey where it has then been offered for sale to the rest of the world. Barack Obama is aware about all of this, and yet he has refused to do anything to stop it.
At this stage the cooperation between ISIS and Turkey has become so evident that even CNN is acknowledging that ISIS militants are being resupplied from Turkey…
To the east of Aleppo, Kurdish forces are, with American support, looking for the remaining ISIS strongholds along the Turkish border – Jarablus and Manbij. The U.S. wants ISIS out, to remove its accessibility to resupply of materiel and fighters from Turkey.
On the other hand, Turkey, America’s NATO ally that is involved in a brutal but often unseen war with the Kurds’ allies in Turkey’s southeast, does not want the Kurds to advance, and may stop at nothing to avoid that.
The good news is, the Russian bombing campaign has pretty much put an end to the endless parade of ISIS oil trucks that were getting into Turkey, and now the main supply line to Sunni militants in the strategically essential city of Aleppo is about to be cut off.
The corridor that runs through the city of Azaz is extremely important, and the Prime Minister of Turkey not too long ago was adamant that the Turkish government “will not allow Azaz to fall”…
Turkey shelled YPG positions for a third straight day on Monday to try to prevent its fighters seizing Azaz, just 8 km from the border. Ankara fears the Kurdish militia, backed by Russia, is attempting to safeguard the last stretch of around 100 km along the Syrian border not already under its control.
“We will not allow Azaz to fall,” Davutoglu informed reporters on his aircraft on the way to Ukraine. “If they approach again they will see the harshest reaction,” he stated.
Sadly for the Turkish government, it seems that Azaz is already slipping away from the militants. The subsequent was reported by an Iranian news source…
Ankara is in all likelihood to take action to counter the Syrian military and allied groups on choking up a supply link on which militants depended to get weapons and logistics.
Syrian troops and Lebanon’s Hezbollah fighters have retaken the town of Azaz, located to the northwest of Aleppo, compelling Saudi Arabia and Turkey to hint at deployment of ground forces to the region.
Questioned if Ankara might take action to reverse the gains, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (seen below) stated on Friday, “Wait for the next few days and you will have the answer,” Turkish paper Hurriyet reported.
Hang on for the next few days and you will have the answer?
That sounds rather threatening.
I do not think that I have ever witnessed a situation which was more likely to lead to World War III than the one that we are seeing play out right now.
Do Saudi Arabia and Turkey really anticipate to waltz into Syria and start taking territory without a response from the Syrians, Hezbollah, the Iranians and the Russians?
And if fighting does break out, how is the United States potentially going to stay out of it?
The truth is that Saudi Arabia and Turkey would by no means invade Syria in the first place without the specific authorization of the Obama administration.
The next couple of weeks are key. If we can get into early March without an invasion, by that time Saudi Arabia and Turkey could possibly have missed their window. The troops accumulated for the massive military exercise in northern Saudi Arabia will begin to go home, and by then the Sunni militants leftover in Aleppo will most likely be pretty much entirely beaten.
But will Saudi Arabia and Turkey really be prepared to walk away after pouring so much time, effort and money into the discord in Syria? They had dreamed of turning Syria into a full-blown Sunni nation, and if they give up now Syria will wind up being taken over by Iran and Hezbollah. It will be a result that is far worse than if they never attempted to overthrow Assad in the first place.
So my gut feeling is telling me that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their Sunni allies are not finished in Syria. But their preoccupation with that country threatens to launch us into World War III, and if that occurs the implications will be experienced by every man, woman and child on the entire planet.