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Thread: Did Saudi Arabia Help ISIS To Force The US Back To The Middle East?

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    Re: Did Saudi Arabia Help ISIS To Force The US Back To The Middle East?

    Quote Originally Posted by zoetherat View Post
    That doesn't make much sense. Before, we wanted the rebels to get rid of Assad even if we didn't help them do it the way Saudi Arabia wanted us to. Now we want to get rid of the rebels (isis) even if it means tolerating Assad. I've read that Assad himself supported Isis by releasing jihadists he had locked up, buying their oil, and concentrating his attacks on the secular rebels. That makes sense to me: making it so that the only two forces in Syria are Isis and Assad so that the US will have to chose the lesser of two evils. Why Saudi Arabia would want the alternative to Assad even less palatable to us then Assad himself makes no sense to me. That said, I think it's quite possible that the Saudis supported Isis in the past due to a failure to foresee the threat that it posed.
    It makes sense when viewed in the light of the fact that the Saudis are very displeased with Obama's position that the US should avoid taking an active role in these conflicts in the Middle East. The fact is that ISIS is a dead end street. They are too extremist and isolated diplomatically to form a credible state. It will collapse under it's own weight. Therefore raising them up would be a small price to pay for getting the US to take a more active role in the Middle East.

    I find it very difficult to believe that Assad would buy oil from ISIS. They have simply taken over too much Syrian territory and natural resources for Assad to give them such assistance.

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    Re: Did Saudi Arabia Help ISIS To Force The US Back To The Middle East?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I find it very difficult to believe that Assad would buy oil from ISIS. They have simply taken over too much Syrian territory and natural resources for Assad to give them such assistance.
    Here's the article that makes this assertion.

    "By last year, ISIS had captured oilfields in eastern Syria. But to profit, they needed a customer for the oil. Mr. Assad’s regime began buying the oil from the jihadists, so helping to fund the movement, say Western and Middle Eastern governments."

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    Re: Did Saudi Arabia Help ISIS To Force The US Back To The Middle East?

    Quote Originally Posted by zoetherat View Post
    Here's the article that makes this assertion.

    "By last year, ISIS had captured oilfields in eastern Syria. But to profit, they needed a customer for the oil. Mr. Assad’s regime began buying the oil from the jihadists, so helping to fund the movement, say Western and Middle Eastern governments."
    Thanks. Yes, I have heard this line of reasoning before. Again, I just don't buy it because ISIS has become much too powerful for Assad to make such a huge gamble. Although ISIS can pose a threat to the Saudis, at this point, they are not a direct threat to the Saudis. In the case of Assad, this is not so. ISIS poses too much of a direct threat to Assad for him to support them in this way.

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    Re: Did Saudi Arabia Help ISIS To Force The US Back To The Middle East?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    I've heard this about IS and other Terrorist groups. Is there any proof to such a claim?
    America's Allies Are Funding ISIS - The Daily Beast


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    Re: Did Saudi Arabia Help ISIS To Force The US Back To The Middle East?

    How should I know?

    Ask Saudi Arabia.

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    Re: Did Saudi Arabia Help ISIS To Force The US Back To The Middle East?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    How should I know?

    Ask Saudi Arabia.
    Ask Saudi Arabia? That's like asking Dick Cheney to admit he authorized torture.

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