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Saudi Arabia "Ready To Send Ground Troops To Syria"

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Last month, when Saudi Arabia announced it would be heading (that's heading, not beheading) a 34-nation "anti-terror coalition", everyone who knows anything at all about the Mid-East and about the sectarian divide laughed hysterically. 

Why? Because Saudi Arabia is without question the world's number one state sponsor of terror. Riyadh would vehemently deny that charge but when your state religion is Wahhabism it's a bit difficult to explain how it is that you're not contributing to the rise of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Fortunately for the Saudis, they've got all the oil, which means the world looks the other way while the government racks up an abysmal human rights record and sticks to policies that look like they walked right out of the seventh century.

Here's an excerpt from "Saudi Arabia: An ISIS That Has Made It," by Kamel Daoud:

Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia. In its struggle against terrorism, the West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other. This is a mechanism of denial, and denial has a price: preserving the famous strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia at the risk of forgetting that the kingdom also relies on an alliance with a religious clergy that produces, legitimizes, spreads, preaches and defends Wahhabism, the ultra-puritanical form of Islam that Daesh feeds on.

And so, when the Saudis announced they were set to launch their own "war" on terror, we couldn't help but chuckle at the sheer absurdity. "That's right ladies and gentlemen, you no longer have anything to fear from Sunni extremists because the undisputed king of promoting Sunni extremism is on the case," we quipped, incredulous. 

We went on to ask the following obvious question: "Is this the precursor to Saudi, Qatari, UAE, and (more) Turkish boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq, just as Iraqi Shiite politician Hanan Fatlawi predicted?

"It certainly appears so," we added.

Well not to put too fine a point on it, but we were exactly right, because just moments ago, a Saudi military spokesman told AP the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group if coalition leaders agree.

At this juncture, it's difficult to find the words to express the sheer absurdity of what's going on here. It's one thing for the US to send in SpecOps to fight groups the CIA may have one time armed, but this is Saudi Arabia preparing to send in ground troops to fight groups the country, along with Turkey, is still arming.

We're not saying the Saudis are openly delivering weapons to ISIS in crates with Riyadh's return address stamped in the upper left hand corner of the lid, but the Saudis and Qatar are unquestionably aiding Sunni extremist elements in Syria and some of those very same Sunni extremists are, for lack of a better word, terrorists. The Saudis might as well just meet the militants ahead of time, hand them weapons, and then agree to meet back in an hour to fight. 

If Riyadh sends in ground troops to Syria it will mean that Saudi forces will be fighting in the same country as Iranian forces and that, ladies and gentlemen, is bad news. 

And if you thought the fact that the kingdom's budget is bleeding red ink was going to stop Riyadh from waging war, you'd be wrong:


We wonder if it's a coincidence that this comes just as Assad, Russia, and Iran encircle Aleppo, cutting off the opposition from their Sunni benefactor in Turkey. As we said earlier today with regard to the peace talks in Geneva, "the urgency expressed by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey shouldn't be mistaken for some kind of benevolent regard for the lives that are lost each and every day the war drags on. Rather, Washington, Riyadh, and Ankara know that if Aleppo falls, that's it for the "moderate" opposition." And that means Iran retains its ally in Damascus and thus its supply line to Hezbollah. 

We'll close by simply reminding you of the question we asked in December: "Did Saudi Arabia just clear the way for an invasion of Syria?"

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Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:12 | 7140629 Father Thyme
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Gotta get that pipeline laid.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:15 | 7140639 Haus-Targaryen
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Good for them.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:18 | 7140660 back to basics
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I call bullshit. It's one thing beating up on helpless Yemenies, and not doing it well if I may add, but it's another thing all together going against a  Syrian army (because that's who the real target will be) backed by Iranian elite forces.


Camel fuckers shooting their mouth off, nothing more.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:20 | 7140670 WTFRLY
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RUS/Hezbollah/Iran will send Saudi and their Joo World Order friends packing

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:25 | 7140693 0b1knob
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"Never interrupt two barbarian tribes while they are killing one another."  Sun "Crazy Sonny" Tzu: The Art of War and Motorcycle Maintenance.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:29 | 7140707 Baby Bladeface
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Make me laugh my slippers!

If Riyadh sends in ground troops to Syria it will be mercenaries like Colombians hired to attack Yemen.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:42 | 7140760 pods
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Wasn't SA getting it's ass handed to it by Yemeni miltias?  

I am sure they will have no problems with Hezbolla.  lol.


Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:54 | 7140791 peddling-fiction
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Pods, yes they were, but by Yemeni tribes. /lol

SA will do just great against Syrias battle hardened psychopaths. /s

Ask Israel how they did against Hezbollah back in the days.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:46 | 7141084 dlmaniac
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Saudis could not handle Yemen yet and now they wanna take on Syria? Let them do it. That way they'd crash quicker.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 18:07 | 7141591 peddling-fiction
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More war fronts will do them good. /s

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:10 | 7142031 strannick
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Saudi citizens get paid off by rich princes to STFU, they certainly dont go to war for their bullshit country.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:14 | 7142348 CheapBastard
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If the Saudis get more engaged in this war I suspect their enemies might hit closer to home there. there could be a very painful blowback to them.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 18:49 | 7141838 MalteseFalcon
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Saudis have way too many military age men. 

Can't have them being disruptive in the Saud.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:15 | 7140798 Ignatius
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Geopolitiks is a shithole, for sure. 

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:49 | 7141116 Mr. Universe
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Which is exactly why you can expect the US and NATO to start sending in troops to keep things real.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:34 | 7140739 MSimon
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The Russians seem to be getting along OK with Israel.



Thu, 02/04/2016 - 22:47 | 7143055 TheReplacement
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Putin just had Kissinger over for tea.  I'm sure that has nothing to do with it.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:31 | 7140721 JohninMK
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Pretty close there.

In war success is dependant amongst other things on logistics. How would the Saudi Army actually get to Syria?

A huge convoy through Iraq or Jordan (with unfortunate lost gear to ISIS bands they pass)? The Iraqis and Jordanians would love that.

By air? To which airfield?

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:07 | 7140844 emersonreturn
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johninMK, the SA will simply pay a few iraqi sunnis, a number of turks & isis to do what they tell them---as if they aren't already.  the princes will not be sending their sons, possibly their sons slaves.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:31 | 7140726 o r c k
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That's right, the real target is Assad and his Army. If Russia "allows" this Sunni Army to exist on Syrian soil, well, it'll be an interesting time. And yes, a terrorist Army is being formed to go after the terrorists. Now that's REALLY interesting !

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:48 | 7141107 Socratic Dog
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What do you call the USSA slaughtering millions, in the name of fighting terrorism?

It's terrorism.  Nothing more, nothing less.  This ain't a new concept, Orck.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:25 | 7142411 Sorry_about_Dresden
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Succinct you are orck!

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 17:01 | 7141184 omi
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Uhm, Yemen pwned Saudi to the point that htey had to call back contractors Saudis sent to Syria. USA told them no, don't do that, and instead send mercenaries from a company that keeps changing it's name every 2 years, I think on this rotation it's called Academi.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:19 | 7140664 NoDebt
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Everybody's invading Syria these days.  All the cool kids are doing it.  But we got dibs on it because we were there first.


Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:28 | 7140706 GhostOfDiogenes
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Is this "we" part the jews?

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:23 | 7142403 Sorry_about_Dresden
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Valid question!

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:31 | 7140723 Calmyourself
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Absolutely good for them, I will enjoy watching them get their butts kicked..   Their Wahhabi asses need a good whipping, who cares who gives it to them.  These soft egotistical Arabs are far removed from their Desert dwelling ancestors and are essentially good for nothing, which is why all labor is done by foreigners in KSA.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:22 | 7140676 ObamasYoYo
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the kings of economic warfare are now expanding into a military enterprise.  who gonna stop'em?

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:28 | 7140702 Sudden Debt
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Guess who...


The Saudi's are running a massive deficit to keep the show running...

War costs a shitload of money...

All they have is a massive US bond reserve and US equity portfolio...

They'll need to sell en masse to fund their war...

Which will put the US in a massive recession and crash the dollar....



who do you think will try to stop them?

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 17:11 | 7141243 ebear
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"Which will put the US in a massive recession and crash the dollar...."

Why? All they'd do is sell treasuries to buy arms from the US, which would then go straight back into treasuries. Round trip. The only thing that would change is ownership of that paper from SA to US corporations.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world is scrambling to buy dollars while their own currencies collapse. Saudi selling would only slow the rise, which is exactly what the FED wants right now, so there's one beneficiary. As for who else benefits from a weakened Saudi financial position, the answer is just about everyone except the salafists they're financing, so double-plus good as I see it.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:22 | 7142392 Sorry_about_Dresden
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But LeGarde let the PRC and the RMB into the SDR club! Sooner or later, probably sooner tracking the REvaluation of the RMB, the flight to safety will go EAST to the PRC.

This is good news for my RMB denominated retirement account.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:22 | 7140677 ObamasYoYo
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the kings of economic warfare are now expanding into a military enterprise.  who gonna stop'em?

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:50 | 7141121 Canadian Dirtlump
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Be our collective guests there Saudis. You're getting your faces fucked in Yemen. You think it will go better in Syria? LOL

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:15 | 7140642 Bopper09
Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:15 | 7140646 Squid Viscous
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Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:16 | 7140648 1stepcloser
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Jewish lives matter!

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:18 | 7140657 HenryHall
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Saudis sending troops to Syria??

Hezbollah will make mincemeat out of them in no time flat.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:31 | 7140720 MSimon
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Hezbollah has been decimated with what has gone on so far. Their value as a fighting force has been reduced.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:36 | 7140741 JohninMK
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I think you must be living in an alternate universe.

This war is doing wonders for Hezbollah. They are working very closely with the Russian Army learning all kinds of new things. Incidently they are doing very well.

This is one aspect that is making Israel/US twitch pretty badly. When this is over they will head home,battle hardened, just itching to stuff it to Israel.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:41 | 7140754 GhostOfDiogenes
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MSimon is a proud jewess supremecist aka a ko$her self chosen master race member.

Of course it doesn't understand reality.

It was born a liar.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 20:18 | 7142374 Sorry_about_Dresden
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She puts the lotion in the basket

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 23:35 | 7143222 August
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Hezbollah.... When this is over they will head home, battle hardened, just itching to stuff it to Israel.

Next year in Jerusalem!

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 17:13 | 7141263 ebear
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"Hezbollah has been decimated with what has gone on so far"

Which Ukrainian newspaper did you read that in?

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:21 | 7140665 JustObserving
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Saudi Arabia has been funding ISIS for years and now wants to fight it?  When you are constantly lying, it's hard to keep your stories straight.


Who Supports The Islamic State (ISIS)? Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Israel, UK, France, USA


Thu, 02/04/2016 - 17:18 | 7141306 ebear
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"Saudi Arabia has been funding ISIS for years and now wants to fight it?"

It's a trick they learned from the US called "stab your allies in the back."

Either that or it's "say one thing, do another" also a US trick, but not something they have a monopoly on - that one goes way back.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:21 | 7140674 E.F. Mutton
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Hey, they're both Muslim, right?  They'll get along just fine (once they get over that little Sunni/Shia thingy) - maybe they can trade Boy Raping and Wife Beating tips.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:24 | 7140685 NoDebt
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Syria:  Where men are men and goats are nervous.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:38 | 7140748 o r c k
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They hire foreign workers to come in and beat their wives whilr they're out pretending to be in a war.

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:22 | 7140679 azusgm
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Oh. Dear.

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