US to build Arab force in NE Syria as part of new ploy
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US to build Arab force in NE Syria as part of new ploy

The US is seeking to amass an Arab force in northeastern Syria comprised of funding and troops from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE

News Service Yeni Şafak

The dirty plans of the United States, which announced that it was going to withdraw its troops from Syria, are being revealed. In the proposal submitted to the U.S. Congress for approval in February, the Pentagon requested $300 million to arm and equip the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terror group, who it considers as its valuable ally,” in Syria.

U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to protect the terror group in Syria after U.S. soldiers withdraw with a joint military force from neighboring Arab countries. There are approximately 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, and in recent weeks, Trump has reiterated that he seeks to bring those troops back home as soon as possible.

UAE financed Arab force

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the U.S. is seeking to amass an Arab force in northeastern Syria. The initiative comes amid requests by the Trump administration to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to contribute billions of dollars and send troops.

“Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE have all been approached with respect to financial support and more broadly to contribute,” a Trump administration official told the WSJ.

Trump’s new national security adviser John Bolton also reached out to Egypt’s acting Intelligence Chief Abbas Kamel, extending an invitation to join the effort. Kamel is considered one of the most powerful figures in the Egyptian regime.

Saudi ready to deploy soldiers to Syria

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that Riyadh was ready to send troops to Syria as part of any U.S.-led move.

“We are in discussions with the U.S., and have been since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, about sending forces into Syria,” Al-Jubeir said.

“We made a proposal to the Obama administration that if the U.S. were to send forces ... then Saudi Arabia would consider, along with other countries, sending forces as part of this contingent,” he added, noting that Saudi Arabia’s offer was not new.

Saudi minister affirms US offer to send troops to Syria
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Saudi minister affirms US offer to send troops to Syria

The Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that the kingdom is willing to send troops to Syria in a press conference on Tuesday. The minister noted that discussions on sending troops to Syria were underway. "With regards to what is going on now, there are discussions regarding what kind of force needs to remain in eastern Syria and where that force would come from. And those discussions are ongoing," said al-Jubeir. He stressed that troop deployment in Syria will be done within the framework of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition and also suggested Saudi Arabia would provide financial support to the U.S.

Air support

The Arab countries which have received proposals by the U.S. have asked that initially, some U.S. troops remain in the region and that air support continues. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman requested that the U.S. soldiers remain in the medium term in Syria.

Blackwater to form the army

Arab nations that received offers from the U.S. have reached out to the founder of paramilitary company Blackwater, Erik Prince.

Prince said Monday that he was informally contacted by Arab officials about the plan to build a force in Syria but that he was waiting to see what Mr. Trump would do.

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