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This is How Turkey, Saudi Arabia 'Indirectly Invaded' Syria Long Ago

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia are apparently ready to send ground forces to the Syrian battlefield, but although a direct invasion has not yet been launched, an indirect one is already happening, political scientist Yuri Pochta told Radio Sputnik.

"The fact of the matter is that the invasion is already taking place, but it is indirect. Turkey and Saudi Arabia are acting through rebel groups that are fighting against Damascus," Pochta explained. "These militants have been less active since Russia launched its aerial campaign. They are losing in several regions."

Indeed, the Syrian Arab Army, assisted by Russian warplanes and Hezbollah fighters, has managed to turn the tide of war in recent months and is currently on the offensive. This year, Damascus-led forces have scored major victories in Latakia and other provinces, while militants from Daesh and other terrorist groups are retreating. Turkey and Saudi Arabia have backed some of these rebels. 

Syrian government troops walk inside the key town of Salma in Latakia province, Syria
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Syrian government troops walk inside the key town of Salma in Latakia province, Syria

Ankara and Riyadh have "apparently decided to 'save the day': to launch a direct ground operation in Syria and overthrow President Bashar al-Assad," he suggested.

Evidence, supporting this sentiment, has surfaced this week. On Thursday, Russia's Ministry of Defense announced that Ankara was "actively," but covertly preparing to launch a military campaign in Syria. On the same day, Saudi Arabia confirmed its readiness to take part in a ground operation, if the US-led coalition would support one.

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Pochta warned that Turkey and Saudi Arabia would further complicate the situation in Syria if they decide to send ground forces to an already overcrowded battlefield. Many experts have long pointed out that resolving Syrian crisis is a major challenge due to the sheer number of stakeholders involved.

"Who will they be fighting against? Will it not turn into a real war, involving Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Syria? Then there is Russia… And Turkey is a member of NATO. The situation is increasingly exacerbated at a time when hundreds of different rebel groups take part in the fighting. Syria is being transformed into a gray zone. Local, regional and global players are all pursuing their own interests. The majority wants to destroy the Syrian state and society. This is tragic," the analyst added.

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Russian aerial campaign, ground military operation, ground troops, Syrian conflict, invasion, geopolitics, Daesh, Middle East, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia
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  • Huh?
    Some great points...Syria literally is a zoo of conflict. It's like any country whose military has more than 10 people is in the fight. Either everyone is an idiot or so desperate to appear successful, that they will destroy the whole region.
  • ivanwa88
    Huh? ........come again 'a zoo of conflict' hells teeth! is that the full extend of your understanding of this conflict! have you not read any of the articles and educated yourself by the many comments that show so much good and bad? but none the less paint a solid picture on events. Personally I think the use of the word 'Zoo' is much more than unfortunate and is disrespectful and condescending. Come on mate! follow up with something better than that especially if your comment is first online?
  • What about the yehudon who was wishfully thinking saud sword dancers are going to enter Syria via Jordan?
  • Is it because I am black?
    It is now the duty of China to step in and seal the Turkish border, Iran and Russia can help in that task.
    Saudi will be no problem as they are cowards. Turkey used to be great fighters, but now they are only helpers of terrorist forces breaking International law, so they have no honour.
    When they meet Assadd and his battle hardened units they will get shock and awe, plus they will need a lot of captogen tabs to deal with fear on the battlefield.
    I look forward to reading about a very high body count in the hundreds of thousands, and that will still not be enough.
  • Blackiein reply toIs it because I am black?(Show commentHide comment)
    Is it because I am black?,
    My Brother,
    You are a fighter and you are just too good....
  • buckwheatisback
    If the Turks and Saudi's send in forces go at them with everything you, the Saudi's will be the first to run, especially if they are actually Saudi nationals in uniforms. Saudi men are only good at beating on woman and small girls and the Turks are no better then those child molesters in Pakistan. Hit them hard and hit them fast, they will plow through any refugee screaming back into Turkey.
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