Syrian Civil War: Arab Coalition Prepares Ground Assault Against ISIS, Russian PM Warns Of A World War

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The Arab coalition fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is considering sending ground troops to Syria.

In December 2015, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of an alliance made up of some 34 Muslim nations to fight ISIS, and other radical extremist groups, posing threat to international peace and security. The coalition claims the goal of the ground troops in Syria is to liberate towns that have fallen into the hands of ISIS. According to media reports in the Gulf, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the leading nation in the coalition pushing for the deployment of the ground troops in Syria.

At a brief meeting held at NATO headquarters among the coalition chaired by the US Defense Secretary, Ashton Carter on February 12, the UEA expressed the desire to have ground troops in Syria, urging Saudi Arabia to support the proposal.

Saudi soldiers march during Abdullah's Sword military drill in Hafar Al-Batin, near the border with Kuwait

The UAE said its ground troops, made up of special commandos, will focus on recapturing the city of Raqqah, the de facto capital of ISIS. It is expected that these commandos will be integrated with a Saudi Special Forces and local Arab fighters, who are determined to recapture the city.

At the moment, it is unclear how many boots will be sent on the ground in Syria. And to even compound the situation, there seemed to be disagreement within the coalition on sending ground troops.

Al Jazeera reported that Saudi Arabia’s army spokesman, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, said his country would only authorize the deployment of ground troops in Syria if there is a consensus in the coalition. General Asseri was quoted as saying “It is too early to talk about such options. Today we are talking at the strategic level.”

Observers say this statement by the Saudi army chief showed the disagreement within the coalition over the deployment, despite the meeting at the NATO headquarters with the Americans.

Since the US-led air campaign began against ISIS in June 2014, the US has also worked to recruit local forces in Syria to fight against the group. Some critics have accused the US of arming extremist groups to exacerbate the war, but Mr Carter has said those who are receiving American support have been scrutinized well.

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Meanwhile, the Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the deployment of any foreign ground troops in Syria could result in a world war.

In an interview published by the German newspaper Handelsblatt, PM Medvedev was quoted as saying “a ground operation draws everyone taking part in it into a war. The Americans and our Arab partners must consider whether or not they want a permanent war”.

The Russians too, are in Syria fighting against ISIS, and other rebel groups opposed to the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. Mr Medvedev also criticized the US’s refusal to collaborate with Russia in the fight against ISIS in Syria. He said the relationship between Russia and the US-led coalition in Syria is not good, stating there needs to be closer collaboration in order to defeat ISIS in the region.

The Syrian civil war began in the early spring of 2011. It was a nationwide protest against President Assad’s government; however, it soon degenerated into an armed conflict, with rebel forces vowing to remove Assad from power. It has been estimated that between 140,000 and 350,000 people have died so far from the conflict. In March 2015, Al Jazeera estimated that some 10.9 million Syrians—almost half the population—have been displaced, and 3.8 million have been made refugees in other countries.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. It’s nothing but a joke on the part UAE and such so-called Arab coalition. These nations (UAE Saudi Arab) are nothing but gutless puppets. Hiring Columbian militia and fueling rebel activities in neighbour nations is the main credibility. The not even have the minimum experience in fighting the border terrorism and they’re going to fight in Syria….What a joke!!!

    Main objective of this gutless nation is nothing to drag the western shitty military power in Syria. But the stupid ruler’s of these so-called Arab coalition (UAE & Saudi Arab) doesn’t know that, US, UK, France or any other western military powerhouse don’t have the guts to fight with another major superpower like Russia, China or even North Korea. These backboneless western power can only bully with the nations who’re actually weak in military power like Afganistan. Can anyone show a single war, where US ground troops won battle finally? Only aerial bombing can’t make sure the win.

  2. No one wins in War, to think in War there is a winner is a misconception. The winner dose not go into War but promotes Peace. Each person on Earth has Value by being alive, those who live by the sword shall die by the sword, then we will have peace as the War loving will be gone. Love and Peace this is the answer to the Condition of separation our world suffers. Those who are worthy of the sword will get what they have coming, and very soon now. May the Earth be blessed with divine Love and Peace.

  3. Royal duch shell Aramco and their British American owners and their wall street boses are pretty worn down by low oil prices. Only way to jack up the prices is through a war sentiment. The relevance of petrodollar is in all time low. Poor Syrians.

  4. The problem with Saudi Arabia-Turkey coalition is that it supports ISIS. That is why they are moving their troops into Syria right now to save ISIS in Aleppo and other areas from Russian-Syrian joint force’s onslaught. Turkey and Saudi Arabia are fooling the West. Turkey with Saudi Arabia created ISIS to establish their Islamic Caliphate in Syria to remove the pluralistic society of Bashir Assad.

    Enough of this foolishness Turkey and Saudi Arabia!

  5. war on this planet could be avoid by investing on other energy power than oil sow is only economy business speaking here there or everywhere on every article or politic debate. hard to change an economic system without an economic collapse , money is only the illusion of power.

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