The Erdogan-Salman Pact Over Syria Creates Islamic State 2

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SYRIA 360°

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, meets with Saudi King Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

By Andrew Korybko

Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Turkey have temporarily put aside their differences in order to support a new anti-Assad coalition in Syria.

The so-called “Army of Conquest” has been ravaging northern Syria in the past couple of weeks with a ferocity unseen since the global rise of ISIL last year. The difference between then and now, however, is that the sponsors of Syria’s newest terrorist army openly flout the support they provide to their spawn, and the newfound convergence of militant interest between Saudi Arabia and Turkey signifies a brutal new stage in the War on Syria that’s giving birth to an Islamic State 2.0 clone. This deadly collaboration proves that the two have temporarily put aside their ideological differences and agreed to sort it out in the aftermath of their unified regime change operation. Furthermore, it highlights that Saudi Arabia is front-and-center in destabilizing the Mideast, and that even Riyadh’s rivals have no choice but to eventually end up collaborating with it in order to pursue what…

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