Playing the Bully? Turkish, Saudi Threats to Invade Syria ‘Utter Madness’

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
16.02.2016

In the last few days, Turkey has repeatedly fired missiles into Syria and according to some reports, Turkish troops have exchanged fire with Syrian government forces; senior officials from Turkey and Saudi Arabia have also threatened to send troops into the already war-torn country.

How likely is the scenario of Turkish and Saudi troops invading Syria and what would the consequences of such a move be?

Murat Bilhan, the former head of the Strategic Planning Department at Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs who is now vice-president of the Turkish-Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM), spoke to Sputnik in an exclusive interview.

“I do not believe in the seriousness of the intentions of Saudi Arabia. A ground invasion of Syria under the current circumstances would be utter madness. This would further exacerbate the already extremely difficult situation in Syria. The supporters of a ground invasion do not take into account the real balance of opposing forces in Syria.”

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