BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – As if the Syrian Conflict couldn’t get any more complicated, a new proxy war is brewing between several foreign powers in the northern part of the country.

Speaking from Damascus on the condition of anonymity, a government source told Al-Masdar that two new alliances have emerged in northern Syria, with one led by Iran and Turkey and the other Saudi Arabia and Russia.

According to the source, Turkey and Iran have forged a pact to not only carry out a joint operation in northern Iraq, but also, potentially, in northern Syria.

Meanwhile, Russia and Saudi Arabia are attempting to work out a deal that would see the Syrian government and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces reach a peaceful settlement.

Saudi Arabia maintains close ties with several Arab tribes allied to the SDF, including the Shammar Tribe, who arguably the most powerful tribe in northern Syria.

Syrian Oil Crisis

Iran is the biggest foreign supplier of oil to the Syrian Arab Republic; however, due to the ongoing sanctions against both countries, Tehran has been unable to send their oil tankers to the ports in Latakia and Tartous.

Enter Turkey, who, depsite being opposed to the Syrian government, is working with Tehran to possibly find an alternative way to ship oil to Syria.

According to the source, one way to get Iranian oil to Syria is through Turkey’s western ports.

Iran is allowed to ship oil to Turkey as long as their tankers do not deliver anything to Syria.

In turn, the Syrian government would pay money to transport the oil from Turkey through the rebel-held areas.

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The source pointed out that following the Iranian Foreign Minister’s visit to Damascus last week, he immediately flew to Ankara where he met with his Turkish counterparts to deliver messages from the Syrian government.

Saudi Influence

Saudi Arabia is aruably one of the most powerful countries in the Middle East and one of the key peace brokers in nearly every conflict in the region.

Russia, who maintains a strong relationship with the Gulf kingdom, has often relied on the Saudi government to facilitate peace talks between the countries in the Middle East.

The Saudi government is also at odds with Turkey and Qatar, especially after the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October.

Seeing an opportunity to possibly end the hostilities between the Syrian and Saudi governments, the Russians are facilitating a potential rapproachment between Damascus and Riyadh.

The Syrian government needs reconstruction funds and they need Saudi Arabia’s influence to possibly broker a deal with the U.S.

While Syria is a close ally to Iran, they have faced incredible opposition from Turkey and Qatar, who are arguably the two biggest supporters of the Syrian government’s enemies.

Turkey, Iran, and Qatar have their own alliance in the Middle East, which is mostly focused on the Palestinian cause.

However, Syria has benefited little from this alliance, and with the ongoing fuel crisis and lack of reconstruction funds, they may choose the path set forth by the Russians.

Russia and Turkey

The armed forces of Russia and Turkey are currently working together to maintain peace in northwestern Syria.

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However, the Russian military is reaching its breaking point, especially with the ongoing presence of rebel groups inside the demilitarized zone.

The rebel groups were supposed to withdraw from the demilitarized zone last October, per the September 17th Sochi Agreement – they have refused to do so.

Turkey contends that the Syrian military is to blame for the violence because they attack the rebel groups that refused to adhere to the Sochi Agreement.

Both the Syrian and Russian armed forces hold the rebel forces in violation of the agreement and consider any jihadist presence in the demilitarized zone as a clear breach of any deal.

With Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s latest attacks in northwestern Hama and western Aleppo, it is very likely that the Syrian government, with help from Russia, will carry out an operation to clear these areas.

Syria’s Move

The Syrian government has a difficult decision to make, one of which could alter the course of the war.

According to the source in Damascus, the government sees the prospects of rapproachment with Saudi Arabia as more alluring than joining Iran in a coalition of countries sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood was at war with the Syrian government for several years until they were forced into exile following the Siege of Hama in 1982.

Both Qatar and Turkey have lended their support to the Muslim Brotherhood during the Arab Spring and to the Syrian opposition.

Saudi Arabia and their Gulf allies view the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization; this is also the case with Egypt, who the Syrian government has relied on for third party talks.

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The Syrian government’s potential decision may not sit well with Iran, but at this juncture in the war, the sanctions and lack of funding are taking a toll on Damascus.

 

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The question is..Why USA&EU and Turkey allow and protect a terrorist nest( Al Qaeda) in Idlib?…israeli airstrikes..HTS and ISIS Ambush vs SAA..are the proof of How western powers protect the terrorist nest of Idlib…

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“Why USA&EU and Turkey allow and protect a terrorist nest( Al Qaeda) in Idlib?” => Only Turkey. In case you didn’t noticed, Turkey is even on the brink of being dumped from NATO… Now get it : AKP is one of the heads of the Ikhwan hydra… others are Bani-Thani (Qatar), Khamenei (undercover head), Morsi in Egypt, Ennahdha (Tunisia), etc etc for the political heads, now, for the others heads : Qaeda/HTS/AQIM/AQAT/…, ISIS, Talibans, Shebabs, Boko Haram, Ansar-Dine, MUJAO, Hamas, LeT, etc etc… Some heads don’t even know they’re in and serve as useful idiots, namely PLO, PIJ, IRGC, Hezbollah,… Read more »

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I belive whatever Bashar do Iran will be just fine and will understand. I belive relationship is more deeper than daily issues

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Muhaha! Bashar fears Soleimani may assassinate him with his whole family!
Hey, Qassem already ordered Nasrallah to assassinate Badreddine, the co-founder of Hezb’s armed wing and its commander since his old buddy Mugniyeh ended paying for his crimes in 2008…

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We in West are fully aware that Saudi Arabia is the main sponsor of Terrorism throughout the middle East and beyond. From this article is is obvious that this website is in Saudi pocket. I doubt my commitment will be published too becauae Mr Butcher MBS is paying the bills!

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KSA isn’t the main sponsor. Thus, you have (had?) some rich Saudis doing so. Just look at who MBS fired and who were the rich ones detained, including some princes, allegedly on corruption charges in a country where baksheesh is the law from the top to the bottom! Then you’ll have an idea about who is/was into this sport (e.g. Bandar, Taweed…). When it comes to state sponsoring of terrorism, the 4 horsemen are Qatar, Turkey, Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan is a bit bizarre since it’s more a kind of deep-state sponsoring : tthanks to its 6,000 madrassas, the army… Read more »

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I stopped right after the following statement, “Saudi Arabia is aruably one of the most powerful countries in the Middle East and one of the key peace brokers in nearly every conflict in the region.”
Not only it had grammatical and spelling mistakes, indicative of the Author’s ignorance (typical Sunni Arab) but also is was the biggest BS of this decade.
Saudis are world number one terrorists with 3rd century mentality of street dogs, with Bin Salman being the son of a who*re Ibn Donkey Al Camel Ibn Goat.

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I agree!!

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You can’t beat the fake-prophet Muhammad al-Shirk at it, any way.
Mid-East will still be plagued this way as long as the evil black stone in Mecca won’t be vaporised.

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I dont understand who is blocking Iranian oil tankers from landing in Tartous and Latakia. Can anyone explain this?

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Cairo port authority… They don’t want to end under US sanctions too!

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Fake news.You really need to develop your brain!!!

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Fake news for the incompetent.You really need to develop your worthless life!!!

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“Love one another”. Love is the solution of all issues.

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TELL THE WORLD, JEWS MUST BE ELIMINATED FROM THIS UNIVERSE BY THE THINKER
https://warcraftking.tumblr.com/post/184151664659/amy-that-dont-have-a-face-suicide-forest-dont

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GENOCIDALS/UNHUMAN/turks, you would mean …

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I think the Iranian militias, along with Russian air power, were crucial to the Syrian president gaining the upper hand in the eight-year conflict, which started after he brutally cracked down on Arab Spring protests

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MBS and Wahhabi will solve the problem Assad Assad has a head. Then: Assad does not have a head. Problem solved. Shiite and Rusia army, however, will be sent to Iran and Russia.

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Saudi Arabia’s main concern is solving the Syrian crisis because it will lead to the withdrawal of Iran’s forces and its “terrorist militias, which will give more security to the region

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Assad is a problem. MBS will solve this problem. With saw

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Saudi Arabia would not have had any less crackdown on Arab Spring protests. Saudi Arabia supported terrorists (Jaish al Islam) and more curcially provided weapons to many groups in Syria before in its proxy war against Iran. Qatar still does. Saudi Arabia does not really want to solve crisis but now has an opportunity to do damage to Qatar and Turkey-backed groups while realising their mistake of supporting and being an enemy of Syrian regime, which only helped Iran to a certain degree. Security in the region may only come when Al-Qaeda and northern rebels destroyed, Eastern Syria under government… Read more »

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The main problem in KSA was the infamous Bandar bin-Sultan.
Didn’t you noticed how the ways have changed since Salman became king and Bandar was fired?

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Nonsense! The only proxy war in Syria is by Iran! We can see its militias spreading in parts of Syria. They are the main reason for prolonging the war in Syria.

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Mabus will to slaughter ALL shiite.In general, Assad must die and the shiites must be slaughtered.

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If Islam dies, nobody will be slaughtered as there will be no stupid bloodthirsty religion to promote massacres, so there will be peace. If you’re into bigotry, you can always convert to Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, even Voodoo is far from being as harmful. Thus, I can only recommand you to stop believing in such fairy tales, their narrative is not more existing than Sauron and his 7 rings, Bilbo the Hobbit, Dracula, Star Wars or Alice in Wonderland.All religions are scams to crook the money of worshippers. BTW, you’d have better ‘spiritual’ results by practising Yoga, and it’ll maintain… Read more »