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    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, meets with Saudi King Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Syrian Army Victories Make Riyadh, Ankara Desperate

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    Out of desperation, Turkey and Saudi Arabia may take thoughtless actions in the Syrian conflict which will make an already perplexing state of affairs even more complicated.

    Turkey and Saudi Arabia are desperately trying to restore the balance between opposing forces in Syria, while militants, backed by both countries, are losing ground to the Syrian Army supported by Russian anti-terrorist campaigns, according to the Independent.

    On Sunday, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Ankara and Riyadh may launch a joint operation "against the Daesh terrorist group" in Syria. In fact, the newspaper noted, the countries only plan to support anti-government forces. Additionally, Ankara is going to attack Syrian Kurds which have been successfully confronting Daesh militants under the support of the US-led coalition. How come they call it an "anti-terrorist operation" then? The answer is anger.

    "To add to Ankara's fury, the Russians, too, are now building close ties with the Kurds," the newspaper reads. "One cannot rule out Riyadh and Ankara, feeling increasingly desperate, taking action which will add to the witch's brew which is now Syria."

    The mere fact that Saudi Arabia will send troops and aircraft to Turkey doesn't mean an invasion is inevitable. But this is for sure a bad omen.


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