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In the article Obaid argued that recent Saudi offers to participate in ground operations against Daesh (ISIS) in Syria were serious.Kilic is, and both men are making it perfectly clear that Turkish or Saudi actions or threats in Syria are closely tied in to their perceptions of American abandonment.The prospects for a major Turkish deployment in Syria seemed to recede somewhat on Tuesday. With the Saudis engaged in a costly war in Yemen and the Turkish government lacking popular support for greater participation in Syria, the launch of a ground war in the county would pose tremendous risks.Obaid is right about one thing: The Russian agenda in Syria has become the American agenda, notwithstanding cosmetic expressions of differences from Washington. According to Nixon, if America's adversaries thought that he would behave in an irrational, unpredictable way, this would push them to be more accommodating of American aims.Oblivious to the complicated stakes in Syria, he urged Turkey and Syria's Kurds to concentrate on the "common threat" of Daesh.
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