Saudi Arabia and UAE sending troops to help Kurds in Syria
Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia reach understanding with Russians on handling Hezbollah and Iranian activity, while Saudis plan Afghan peace talks
There have been some intriguing developments related to Syria that are now being reported in the wake of President Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
To begin with, it appears that the Kurds will be getting support from America’s regional allies.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent military forces to areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG group in north-east Syria, Turkey’s Yenisafak newspaper reported.
The paper said the forces will be stationed with US-led coalition troops and will support its tasks with huge military enforcements as well as heavy and light weapons.
Quoting the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the newspaper reported that a convoy of troops belonging to an Arab Gulf state recently arrived in the contact area between the Kurdish PKK/YPG and Daesh in the Deir Ez-Zor countryside.
This comes at a time when Ankara is preparing to launch an expanded military operation with the Free Syrian Army against the Kurdish PKK group in the northeast of Syria.
Furthermore, a Jordanian official reports that Russian forces currently in Syria will take action to restrain Hezbollah and Iranian activity there, according to understandings reached by the U.S., Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The understandings are the product of behind-the-scenes diplomatic talks that were underway prior to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision this week to withdraw American forces from Syria.
According to the terms of the understanding, Russia will continue to give Israel the freedom to strike Hezbollah and Iranian targets and weaponry that threaten the “balance of power” in Syria. According to the Jordanian official, it was these understandings between Trump and Putin that paved the way for the U.S. decision to pull its forces from Syria.
Other high-ranking Jordanian officials have confirmed that Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia are working together to contain the threat posed by Iran and Hezbollah’s presence in Syria. Several of them emphasized that U.S. officials had made it clear that U.S. intelligence agencies would increase cooperation with Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, particularly on sharing intelligence, in a joint attempt to counter Iran’s attempt to create a contiguous Shi’ite corridor from Tehran to Beirut.
Finally, Saudi Arabia is hosting Afghan peace talks, which are slated to take place next month.
US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Wednesday arrived in Kabul from three days of meetings in Abu Dhabi, including the fourth round of a quadrilateral meeting among the US, Afghanistan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
The meetings were part of efforts by the US and international partners to promote an intra-Afghan dialogue aimed at ending the conflict in the landlocked country.
Meanwhile, reliable sources said decisions in the UAE centered on an amicable Afghan settlement and the next meeting would take place on January 15, 2019 in Saudi Arabia.
Perhaps we will see if this regional-power approach is a better match for long-term success in 2019.
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A coalition of the willing, and proximate stake-holders, with the authorized power broker of the Syrian government, has a potential to effect a sustainable peace in the region. This would explain why America is justified in withdrawing forces to Iraq, where we can complete our work with Iraqis to secure their nation, the historical and geographical fulcrum in the Middle East.
Peace in the region is unlikely. There is a reason that Middle East policy has always been difficult. Peoples of the region are, to put it mildly quarrelsome, and when they do not have outsiders to fight with, they fight among themselves.
No, this can’t be right. I’ve heard it from many irrefutable sources that the absence of a U.S. presence in Syria will hand the region over to the Russians and there will be a terrible bloodbath. The Kurds will be wiped out and it will be ALL OUR FAULT.
Apparently, somebody failed to get the memo.
The argument angers me because I was around the last time everyone was saying our betrayal of the Kurds would mean no one else would work with us ever again.
So how do they explain the Kurds in Syria (as opposed to Iraq) working with us? The Saudis for that matter? Or maybe it was never that simple to begin with, except as a rhetorical club against other Westerners.
During this season of joy and remembrance, we should all take time to thank Jimmy Carter for expelling the Shah and letting the Assahola Ho-Ho-HoMeaney have Iran. Where would the middle east be without his leadership?
Of course there is another option here.
The Kurds could pull out of Northern Syria and then let Turkey, Russia, Hesbollocks and the Syrians kick the living fuck out of each other and then once everyone declares victory and goes home just go back in and take over again.
Then repeat and rinse as many times as needed.
End result…Kurds still in position and lots of dead Turks, Russians, Hesbollocks terrorists and Syrians.
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