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Turkey Is Asking The United States To Take Part In A Ground Invasion Of Syria

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Middle East MapReuters is reporting that Turkey is asking the United States and other western allies to participate in a massive ground invasion of Syria.  But of course the Turks are not exactly sitting around and waiting for their western allies to get on board.  Turkey shelled northern Syria for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, even though the Obama administration has been asking them to stop.  The targets were Kurdish and Syrian military positions, and the goal appears to be to slow down their advance toward the Turkish border.  The Sunni militants that Turkey has been supporting for five years are now being completely routed, and Turkey is in a great deal of panic about this.

I knew that Turkey was trying to round up support for overt military action, but I was stunned when I came across a mainstream news report today that publicly admitted that Turkey is asking the Obama administration to be part of a full-fledged ground invasion of Syria

Turkey is asking allies including the United States to take part in a joint ground operation in Syria, as a Moscow-backed government advance nears its borders, raising the possibility of direct confrontation between the NATO member and Russia.

We don’t have to wonder if Turkey wants an invasion of Syria anymore.

They are now coming out and openly saying it.

Just consider what Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters

Some countries like us, Saudi Arabia and some other Western European countries have said that a ground operation is necessary,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters in an interview.

However, this kind of action could not be left to regional powers alone. “To expect this only from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar is neither right nor realistic. If such an operation is to take place, it has to be carried out jointly, like the (coalition) air strikes,” he said.

Obviously Turkey would like the United States to take the lead role.  A full-blown ground invasion of Syria is a very risky thing, and it could easily spark World War 3.

So even though Turkey is chomping at the bit, they are hesitant to go it alone because they realize what the consequences could be.

The Saudis also seem hesitant to go ahead without the United States.  This is what Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters during a news conference in Riyadh

“The Kingdom’s readiness to provide special forces to any ground operations in Syria is linked to a decision to have a ground component to this coalition against Daesh in Syria – this US-led coalition – so the timing is not up to us,” al-Jubeir told a news conference in Riyadh, adding, “With regards to timing of the mission or size of troops, this has yet to be worked out.”

But without a doubt, preparations for war continue.

As I reported the other day, troops from 20 different nations are gathering in northern Saudi Arabia for the largest military exercise in the history of the Middle East.  This military exercise has been dubbed “Northern Thunder”, and some international news sources have reported that it will involve 350,000 soldiers, 20,000 tanks, 2,450 warplanes and 460 military helicopters.  Other reports put the number of troops closer to 150,000.

But in any event, that is a very large gathering of military forces, and many have speculated that this could constitute the main invasion force.

Of course there are two major problems.  The path from Saudi Arabia to Syria is blocked by Iraq and Jordan.

In recent days Iraq has deployed troops to its border with Saudi Arabia in order to keep an eye on these “military exercises”

Iraq has deployed “large” military forces at the border with Saudi Arabia to oversee the ongoing military training conducted by the kingdom, member of the parliamentary security and defense committee Adnan al-Asadi told the Iraqi news agency INA.

The large-scale military exercises started on Tuesday, with the participation of ground forces from Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and several other Arab states, the members of the Riyadh’s antiterrorist coalition.

So it appears that the path through Iraq is blocked.

But what about Jordan?

After all, they are participating in “Northern Thunder”, so passing through Jordanian territory would seem to make the most sense.

Unfortunately for the Saudis, the Jordanians are not inclined to participate in any invasion unless the Americans and the British lead the way

A Jordanian official confirmed that the country will not participate in any Turkish- or Arab-led Syrian invasion unless mandated by the United Nations, led by western forces and coordinated with Russia.

“Jordan is not going to send ground forces into Syria unless these troops are led by Americans and British,” the Jordanian official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We have very long borders with Iraq and Syria which are more than 550 kilometers. Any ground troops including Jordanian forces should be sent after a UN approval and after full coordination with Russia.”

For now, it appears that if there is going to be a ground invasion of Syria, that it is most likely to come from the north.  According to Russia Insider, the Saudis and the Turks have established a join operations center, and both the Saudis and the UAE have sent military aircraft to Turkey…

According to reports (not in English, but we will try to dig up a proper translation as soon as possible), Saudi Arabia has created an operations room with Turkey, in preparation for a joint assault on Syria. The report also claims that military planes from the United Arab Emirates are now stationed at Incirlik airbase in Turkey — the same base where Saudi jets were recently deployed.

The report, which hasn’t been independently verified, is consistent with the Saudis’ openess about a possible invasion, as well as Turkey’s warning that escalation is imminent. And it’s not all talk. Turkey has already begun attacking.

Turkey has indeed already started attacking.  They have been shelling Syria for four days in a row, and nobody is making them stop.

But a full-blown ground invasion is another thing altogether.

So will Turkey and Saudi Arabia go ahead, or will they chicken out because the U.S. does not want to be involved?

We will just have to wait and see what happens over the next few weeks…

  • Robert

    Will be interesting if Israel begins calling up reserves. That will be a good indicator that something ugly is going down. A huge Arab and Moslem army next door is going to make the Jews nervous. It should.

    • TheLulzWarrior

      They don´t need to call reserves, just get their tactical thermonuclear warheads ready.

      They could send these filthy hordes back to Allah in less than 15 minutes.

  • Rufus T Firefly

    I used to think it was satire that Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize. Looks like Obama beats out Kissinger for that. Hail Hail Freedonia, land of the brave and free!

  • Spook89

    Watching this unfold, I’m reminded of Isaiah 17, The burden against Damascus.


    Turkey must be smoking that Heroin they manufacture. Why don’t they just ask the United States to attack the country of Russia directly? What a bunch of girly-boys!

  • Marty Mann

    Nothing will happen over the next few weeks. This “on the edge of war” and “on the edge of collapse” gloom has been proclaimed on these blogs for years. Yes things are bad but not nearly as bad as the author would have us believe. I agree with him on many things but negative headlines grab people’s attention and that’s money in his pocket. We’ve heard this ship is going down so many times over the past 8 years that it a wonder anybody believes anything he’s predicting.

    • AWM


  • Rufus T Firefly

    Anything in Syria worth conquering?

    • MaxRockatansky33

      Oil and natural gas. Geostrategic position for pipelines.

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    No more. These guys in Middle-East, Asia, Europe, Africa, et al, keep butchering each other for the most childish reasons. And in our Leftist run cities and our governments are acting like them! No more foreign interventions: we need to restore, renew, and multiply our own civilization before we can help others do so. In the meantime, they can grow up and become civilized again.

  • krinks

    They will invade, the west will sit back and watch, Russia and Iran will prevail, and try to move onto Israel. ..and get crushed by the Lord.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…Russia and Iran will…try to move onto Israel….”


      • awb22

        says the resident expert on geopolitics, without a spiritual clue

      • awb22

        you’re the expert on cow excrement

      • Miss Annie

        You have been absolutely correct on every comment you have made on this article!

    • MaxRockatansky33

      Country of Israel has nothing to do with biblical Israel. You are missing the point.

      • krinks

        Read ‘The Valley of the Dry Bones’ prophecy.

      • iris

        The LORD keeps all of His promises though, which is partly why Christians can hope in His mercy. If He has forsaken Israel, even though they as a nation are not currently seeking Him, then Christians can’t hope in those promises, either.

    • Miss Annie

      Russia will not try to attack Israel. Turkey will.

  • GetReal4U2

    very…very…freaky how the lame stream media is putting this on the back burner…if it makes the news at all…hmmmmmmm

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Going to be an interesting, spring and summer.

  • Gay Veteran

    fixed your sentence: The Sunni TERRORISTS that Turkey has been supporting for five years are now being completely routed, and Turkey is in a great deal of panic about this.

    • awb22

      apparently so is saudi arabia

    • awb22

      now you’re an expert on the ME affairs, i’m surprised the state department hasn’t contacted you. they’re down one sodomite already.

  • will ottinger

    For a wound to heal it must be cleaned out to prevent infection and or the return of the infection.The world must be prepared for the return of the King.
    There will be an attempt to eliminate radical islam, there must be. After more and terrible destruction, they will possibly succeed, there will be headlines “Peace at last” … maybe even a two state solution, with more headlines and celebrations everywhere, maybe even a short period of a fake” recovery” like we had the last couple years… a deception. a really” cool Man” will facilitate a middle east peace deal…there will be peace at last..a calm the “1950”..then…lookup! It’s Jesus!

  • Bill the Cat

    Not only “NO,” but “OH, F^$%^KING H3LL NO!!!!”

    Let’s deport the fecking neocons, too!

  • Joan Camara

    I’m waiting on a certain prophecy that should come anyday now. It has to do with the capital of syria not being a city anymore. Wonder who is going to be the one to make that horrifying destruction come to pass…