Saudi Arabia "Ready To Send Ground Troops To Syria"

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Father Thyme's picture

Gotta get that pipeline laid.

back to basics's picture

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.

WTFRLY's picture

RUS/Hezbollah/Iran will send Saudi and their Joo World Order friends packing

0b1knob's picture

"Never interrupt two barbarian tribes while they are killing one another."  Sun "Crazy Sonny" Tzu: The Art of War and Motorcycle Maintenance.

Baby Bladeface's picture

Make me laugh my slippers!

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

pods's picture

Wasn't SA getting it's ass handed to it by Yemeni miltias?  

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


peddling-fiction's picture

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.

dlmaniac's picture

Saudis could not handle Yemen yet and now they wanna take on Syria? Let them do it. That way they'd crash quicker.

peddling-fiction's picture

More war fronts will do them good. /s

strannick's picture


Saudi citizens get paid off by rich princes to STFU, they certainly dont go to war for their bullshit country.

CheapBastard's picture

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.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Saudis have way too many military age men. 

Can't have them being disruptive in the Saud.

Ignatius's picture

Geopolitiks is a shithole, for sure. 

Mr. Universe's picture

Which is exactly why you can expect the US and NATO to start sending in troops to keep things real.

TheReplacement's picture

Putin just had Kissinger over for tea.  I'm sure that has nothing to do with it.

JohninMK's picture

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?

emersonreturn's picture

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.

o r c k's picture

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 !

Socratic Dog's picture

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.

omi's picture

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.

NoDebt's picture

Everybody's invading Syria these days.  All the cool kids are doing it.  But we got dibs on it because we were there first.


Calmyourself's picture

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.

ObamasYoYo's picture

the kings of economic warfare are now expanding into a military enterprise.  who gonna stop'em?

Sudden Debt's picture

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?

ebear's picture

"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.

Sorry_about_Dresden's picture

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.

ObamasYoYo's picture

the kings of economic warfare are now expanding into a military enterprise.  who gonna stop'em?

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Be our collective guests there Saudis. You're getting your faces fucked in Yemen. You think it will go better in Syria? LOL

1stepcloser's picture

Jewish lives matter!

HenryHall's picture

Saudis sending troops to Syria??

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

MSimon's picture

Hezbollah has been decimated with what has gone on so far. Their value as a fighting force has been reduced.

JohninMK's picture

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.

GhostOfDiogenes's picture

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.

August's picture

Hezbollah.... When this is over they will head home, battle hardened, just itching to stuff it to Israel.

Next year in Jerusalem!

ebear's picture

"Hezbollah has been decimated with what has gone on so far"

Which Ukrainian newspaper did you read that in?

JustObserving's picture

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

ebear's picture

"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.

E.F. Mutton's picture

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.

NoDebt's picture

Syria:  Where men are men and goats are nervous.

o r c k's picture

They hire foreign workers to come in and beat their wives whilr they're out pretending to be in a war.