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Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria

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Gulf states plan military response as Putin raises the stakes in Syria | World news | The Guardian

Russia’s bombing of rebel positions has angered countries in the region that have been trying to oust Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Analysts say Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are now likely to increase military aid to the anti-Assad groups they support

Russian fighter jets launched from a new airbase in Syria have persuaded western critics to mute their demands for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but another group of his opponents sees Moscow’s intervention as more provocative than decisive.

Regional powers have quietly, but effectively, channelled funds, weapons and other support to rebel groups making the biggest inroads against the forces from Damascus. In doing so, they are investing heavily in a conflict which they see as part of a wider regional struggle for influence with bitter rival Iran.

In a week when Russia made dozens of bombing raids, those countries have made it clear that they remain at least as committed to removing Assad as Moscow is to preserving him.

“There is no future for Assad in Syria,” Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir warned, a few hours before the first Russian bombing sorties began. If that was not blunt enough, he spelled out that if the president did not step down as part of a political transition, his country would embrace a military option, “which also would end with the removal of Bashar al-Assad from power”. With at least 39 civilians reported dead in the first bombing raids, the prospect of an escalation between backers of Assad and his opponents is likely to spell more misery for ordinary Syrians.

“The Russian intervention is a massive setback for those states backing the opposition, particularly within the region – Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – and is likely to elicit a strong response in terms of a counter-escalation,” said Julien Barnes-Dacey, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

As the Syrian civil war has unfolded, Saudi Arabia has been clear about its position, say analysts. “Since the beginning of the uprising in Syria, the view in Riyadh has been that Bashar al-Assad must go. There is no indication what-soever that Riyadh will change this position,” said Mohammed Alyahya, associate fellow at the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh.

“What is clear to Riyadh and its regional allies is that the recent Russian and Iranian escalation will only create a more unstable region and spill more blood,” he said.

Riyadh has focused support on rebels in the south, say analysts, while allies Turkey and Qatar have reportedly backed northern rebels, including conservative Islamist militias such as Ahrar al Sham.
 

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It seems to me that too many cooks are spoiling the broth. If those military powers of concerned nations will unify and attack in unison, there would be no more ISIS by now. But it seems to me that politics is getting into the picture such that Syria is being used to advance their own interest. The Russian offensive should be supported but clearly the other nations have a different agenda.
 

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This could make the situation out there much, much worse.

If Russia wants to have a go at ISIS and other rebel groups there then leave them to it and stop trying to add fuel to the fire.
 

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@LilAnn

You see what religion brings to the world, Muslim-Christian and Jewish religious crazies are causing chaos in the Middle East at any price and they're riling people by invoking religion in the whole process. My opinion is that all culprits(Iran, Russia, Israel, US, Saudi Arabia) are responsible for this mess of a situation where they keep killing people without just cause and now we have Russian priests calling this a crusade in Syria and Saudi clerics saying Muslim men have an obligatory duty in Syria to fight. Meanwhile more and more fighting, suffering so these minority religious nutjobs get all excited and get us all killed in another stone age savage religious war.

I like you am now agnostic, I fear what we are being dragged into. Its so irrational and people are ignoring the evolving situation. Wish agnostics could have their own country and stay out of this mess. :D
 

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This could make the situation out there much, much worse.
It will most certainly escalate the conflict. The Pentagon is considering protecting the Syrian rebels Russia has been bombing.
Pentagon weighs using force to protect US-backed Syria rebels targeted by Russia | Fox News
Senior U.S. military leaders and defense officials are debating whether military force should be used to protect Washington-backed Syrian rebels who have come under attack by Russian airstrikes in recent days.

The Associated Press reported early Friday that the question was part of a broader debate within the Pentagon about the the broader dilemma of how the administration should respond to what White House press secretary Josh Earnest described as Russia's "indiscriminate military operations against the Syrian opposition."
Rumors have it that the rebels will be supplied with SAMs to bring down Russian fighter jets. But this too could work against the coalition because should the rebels defect then the weapons could be used against them.

If Russia wants to have a go at ISIS and other rebel groups there then leave them to it and stop trying to add fuel to the fire.
The reason why they [the Russians] face opposition is because they are going after all Assad's opponents some of whom aren't terrorists.
 
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