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EXCERPTS from:  Saudi Arabia, Turkey Discussing Unlikely Alliance To Oust Syria’s Assad

by Ryan Grim, Sophia Jones and Jessica Schulberg, Huffington Post, 12 April 2015

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia, two nations with a long history of rivalry, are in high-level talks with the goal of forming a military alliance to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

The talks are being brokered by Qatar. As the partnership is currently envisioned, Turkey would provide ground troops, supported by Saudi Arabian airstrikes, to assist moderate Syrian opposition fighters against Assad’s regime, according to one of the sources.

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Obama: ““We both are deeply concerned about the situation in Syria,” Obama said. “We’ll continue to support the moderate opposition there and continue to believe that it will not be possible to fully stabilize that country until Mr. Assad, who has lost legitimacy in the country, is transitioned out.””

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There have been previous indications that Turkey and Saudi Arabia were discussing a cooperative effort in Syria. On March 2, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman, met in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, where they announced an agreement to jointly boost aid to the Syrian opposition and broaden overall cooperation on defense and security matters

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Weeks after he met with the Saudi king, the Turkish leader signed a defense deal with Qatar to facilitate intelligence sharing, military cooperation and possible deployment of Turkish and Qatari troops in one another’s countries. This agreement builds upon a joint training deal the two countries signed in 2012, and positions Qatar well to mediate the discussions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

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Iran has been engaged in Syria with one hand tied behind its back as a result of the sanctions,” he said. “Without that constraint, the perception among the Sunni states — Turkey and Saudi Arabia — would be that they need to contribute significantly more to match what they fear will be an increased Iranian commitment.”

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Riyadh and Ankara have shared the goal of arming Assad’s opposition since the early days of the Syrian civil war.

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Saudi Arabia recently demonstrated its willingness to intervene militarily in the region by leading a coalition of Arab nations in launching airstrikes against the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen. While the U.S. did not participate directly, American officials said the U.S. provided logistical and intelligence support to the mission.

Yemen has not been drawn into the vortex, for opposing a puppet government

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“If the only way to get the U.S. to go along with us is to show our teeth, we will show our teeth,” said one Gulf source. “And Sunni teeth are wild.”

You can read the full article at:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/12/saudi-arabia-turkey-syria_n_7012268.html

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Excerpts from Huffington Post 
Submitted by Cem Ertür  +  SyrianPatriots
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