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Saudi’s 350,000 Syrian invasion force could start World War 3
Saudi Arabia said 350,000 forces from more than 20 Persian Gulf Arab nations will partake in an exercise called “North Thunder”, according to Saudi media.
Egypt, Sudan and Pakistan are among the participants in the mission that could spark World War 3.
The drill will take place in the northern part of the country, and has been described as the largest military maneuver in the history of the region, according to Press TV.
It is being seen as preparation for a ground invasion of Syria.
As reported earlier by TRUNEWS, Saudi officials said their decision to send in ground troops was “irreversible”, despite Thursday night’s agreement between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov for a cessation of hostilities.
Several Russian government officials have warned Saudi Arabia any military ground operation in Syria would be a declaration of war.
President Vladimir Putin said recently Russian cruise missiles could be equipped with nuclear warheads – but that he hoped they would never need them.
On Thursday Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz participated in a meeting in Brussels with Defense Secretary Ash Carter to discuss Saudi Arabia’s decision to increase its roll in Syria to fight ISIS.
The sides still disagree on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S., NATO countries and Arab nations, like Saudi Arabia want him removed. Russia and Iran think Assad should remain in power.
Each party claims their goal is to destroy ISIS, but each has different ideas of going about it.
Turkey is also in the mix. They have bombed Kurds in Syria, and have not fought ISIS, which has caused friction with the U.S. Turkish officials have lashed out at U.S. support for the Kurdish YPG, but they agree with the U.S. in believing Assad should be ousted.
NATO may now join the U.S.-led coalition that has been conducting air raids. During meetings with U.S. Defense Secretary Ask Carter in Brussels, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg indicated he wanted to stem the refugee crisis by fighting ISIS.