What is the Reality about Saudi Boots on the Ground in Syria?

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Monday, 15 February 2016


The West, the US in particular, has welcomed Saudi Arabia as it announced it was ready to deploy ground troops in Syria. After the offer, General Ahmed al-Assiri, the spokesman for the Saudi armed forces, has said that the Saudi decision to send troops to Syria was “irreversible.”

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has recently said in Brussels NATO meeting that the Saudi regime’s forces would have a big role in recapturing Syria’s Raqqa city, of ISIS terrorist group's stronghold. Furthermore, the media have circulated the news that a convoy of the Saudi military vehicles and troops has entered Jordan’s territory to prepare for invasion of Syria, as Riyadh reportedly flew fighter jets to Turkey’s Incirlik air base for the same aim.

The question that rises is that how serious is the Saudi regime’s plan for sending troops for ground invasion of Syria under a US leadership and has Washington decided to dispatch troops into Syria after its air campaign?

First, before answering the questions it must be noted that the US does not want to overthrow the Syrian government and let the terrorist groups take its place; rather it seeks pushing Syria and the region as a whole into a long-term war. The conflict now is a world war between two essential sides, though the battlefield is Syria. The first side of the battle is the states that fall under the category of Axis of Resistance while on the other side there is the colonial Western axis, headed by the US. Despite the fact that the members of each side are consistent in terms of approaches and viewpoints, they hold different views when it comes to the aims and the intended results. Perhaps Saudi Arabia is the best example for this claim.

Second, what is taking place on the Syrian territory could be the first chapter of the conflict, and in this confrontation, it is an illusion to talk about existence of an American-Saudi alliance and partnership. The fact is that Riyadh is a petty part of Washington’s plan, and as it is waging a war against the Syrian government and people, White House wages the same war against Saudi Arabia and its people though in a different method. Because what the US seeks is destruction of West Asia region entirely and damaging the capabilities of the influential political players in a bid to redraw the region’s borders according to a new project which is accordant with the US colonial ideals. Thereby, Syria today represents an alternative battlefield for an initial stage of a world war between the global superpowers as well as the emerging regional powers.

Third, due to the unstudied and foreign-dependent policies and after a set of fiascos resulted from interventions in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, the Al Saud rulers feel that a disappointing future awaits them. Therefore they have escaped forward to flex muscles and tell the world that Saudi Arabia is an unavoidable power on the ground.

However, West and does not consider Saudi Arabia as a reliable partner rather a trump card to play with after it has decided to sit around negotiation table with Moscow. Of course the negotiations in the eyes of the US are not intended to come out with a solution to the Syrian crisis, rather they are to be used for keeping a mechanism of balance between the terrorists and their supporters on the one hand and the Syrian people and their backers on the other side, especially that the recent painful Russian airstrikes against the terror groups have tipped the power balance in favor of Syrian government.

Besides, there are considerations pushing Washington to attempt for a ceasefire according to the US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks which were faced by a Russian rejection which believes that now it is time to put an end to terrorism project. It is worth mentioning that the US policy favors establishing contact lines in the Syrian territory, and perhaps the recent Carter’s remarks about the role to be played by the Saudi regime’s forces in resending the terror groups to Raqqa is a sign of a US call on the Russia to come to talks on the issue.

Fourth, the ruling Saudi regime is undauntedly lacks most basic elements making up a government and it does not have the freedom to make decisions independently as its forces lack fighting skills.

What would happen if it decides to face the Syrian army and its backers including Russia and the members of the Axis of Resistance?

However, it is not unlikely that Saudi Arabia makes the preparations to gather sectarian forces and mercenaries to send them to Syria as the case was in Yemen but this time not under a Saudi flag, taking cue from pattern of arrival of such terror groups as ISIS and al-Nusra Front to Syria.

The policy of informal invasion of Syria is adopted so that there would be no paradoxical with holding simultaneous talks with Russia. Aside from all that was said, entering Syria through Turkey faces significant obstructions as Turkey eyes its own ambitions in Syria like thwarting the Kurdish project which is seen by the Saudi regime as a bargaining chip useable prospectively in the face of Ankara, so the Saudi regime sees no problem ahead because the two sides’ aim is the same though their opponents are different.

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