NATO’s bluff about to be exposed in Syria with Turkey and Saudi Arabia set to invade

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are said to be ready to put boots on the ground in Syria – possibly with tacit support from the US. But this military campaign (should it be launched) will not be targeted against Daesh, instead it will try to prevent Moscow and Damascus from uprooting foreign-sponsored terrorists in the country, Tony Cartalucci asserted.

Daesh “serves merely as a pretext for justifying any prospective operation by the US and its regional allies” that will aim at “challenging and rolling back Syrian and Russian gains on the battlefield” or at the very least “providing an unassailable sanctuary within Syrian territory for the West’s defeated proxies to retreat to,” the Bangkok-based geopolitical analyst wrote for New Eastern Outlook.

Rumors have long circulated that Ankara is planning to launch a limited military incursion into northern Syria. Earlier this week, Russia’s Defense Ministry shared evidence showing that Turkey was indeed actively preparing for the operation. In addition, Saudi Arabia said that it was ready to take part in a ground campaign in Syria as part of the US-led anti-Daesh efforts.

Everyday life of the Russian air group at the Hmeymim airfield in Syria
Everyday life of the Russian air group at the Hmeymim airfield in Syria

These activities reflect the changing facts on the ground as Damascus-led forces, assisted by Russian warplanes, have pushed Daesh and other militants out of key Syrian provinces. Keep in mind that Turkey and Saudi Arabia, according to Cartalucci, “have played a central role in both the intentional creation of [Daesh] and the logistical and financial perpetuation of its activities within Syria and Iraq.”From this perspective, Ankara and Riyadh’s “sudden interest” in escalating the Syrian conflict has “more to do with rescuing the West’s proxy terrorists before they are entirely eradicated and/or expelled from the country,” the analyst noted.

A rebel fighter fires a heavy machine gun during clashes with government forces and pro-regime shabiha militiamen in the outskirts of Syria's northwestern Idlib province on September 18, 2015
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A rebel fighter fires a heavy machine gun during clashes with government forces and pro-regime shabiha militiamen in the outskirts of Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on September 18, 2015

Cartalucci also outlined the best- and worst-case scenarios for Syria at the moment. The former involves Damascus restoring peace and security on large swathes of land amid simmering tensions with Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The oil kingdom will also be burdened by the ongoing operation in Yemen, which many have condemned as a humanitarian disaster, while Ankara will have to deal with the Kurds at home and beyond.

“The worst case scenario includes a NATO incursion into northern Syria being met by overwhelming resistance, blunting both its air and ground forces. With the majority of Turkish and Saudi military equipment originating in the US and Europe, it would in turn further weaken the illusion of Western military superiority upon the global stage,” the analyst added.

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3 Responses to “NATO’s bluff about to be exposed in Syria with Turkey and Saudi Arabia set to invade”

  1. ian says:

    There will of course already be special forces from many nations in there already. I would not be surprised if any Turkish or Saudi troops looked remarkably like western special forces when deployed.

  2. salty says:

    Syria: NATO’s Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War

    February 6, 2016.

    http://landdestroyer.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/syria-natos-last-desperate-options-in.html

    As Syrian forces and their allies complete the encirclement of Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, the United States and its regional allies have signaled a sudden increased interest in ground operations in Syria, including US airpower backing Turkish-Saudi ground forces.

    While it is obvious the US and its allies are responding directly to the collapse of their proxy forces across the country, their most recent threats to further escalate the conflict in Syria are tenuously predicated on “fighting ISIS.”

  3. salty says:

    The Syria Proxy War against the Islamic State (ISIS) Has Reached its Climax.

    Military Escalation, Towards a US-NATO Sponsored Ground Invasion?

    Posted on February 13, 2016.

    https://uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/the-syria-proxy-war-against-the-islamic-state-isis-has-reached-its-climax-military-escalation-towards-a-us-nato-sponsored-ground-invasion/

    Washington’s strategy consists in spearheading a broader regional war by inciting Turkey, Saudi Arabia as well as Israel to do the “dirty work for us”.

    Until recently, Syrian Government Forces together with their allies (Russia, Iran, Hezbollah) have been confronting so-called “opposition rebels” largely composed of “moderate” terrorists and mercenaries, with US-NATO intelligence and special forces forces operating covertly within their ranks.

    The Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists and the Islamic State (ISIS) forces are supported by US-NATO-Israel and their Persian Gulf GCC allies. Turkey and Saudi Arabia, in close liaison with Washington have played a central role in the recruitment, training and financing of the terrorists.

    Sofar, this proxy war has unfolded without a direct confrontation between US-NATO allied forces and Syrian government forces, which are supported militarily by Russia and Iran.

    A major transition is now occurring in the conduct of the war on Syria. The terror

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