SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – Reports in the Western media testify that some advisers to US President Donald Trump have recently proposed a plan whereby the United States should replace US troops with a coalition of Arab servicemen in Syria, Press TV reports.
While Jordan and Egypt have already objected to hiring military personnel, the US administration relies heavily on Riyadh and is considering the idea of offering “non-member major ally status” “to Saudi Arabia in order to persuade her to send Arab armed forces to replace US troops in Syria.
According to the Wall Street Journal , National Security Adviser John Bolton reportedly contacted Egypt’s intelligence chief, Abbas Kamal, to convince the Egyptian authorities to participate in the initiative, but to no avail. In addition to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are reported to have been solicited.
There is every reason to believe that a possible agreement could have been reached between the United States and the Arab countries, yet the process of forming an effective coalition of Arab weapons to advance the United States’ strategic objectives by Syria will be much more complicated than it seems at first sight. This has already aroused strong criticism from military experts within the United States.
On Tuesday, April 17, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir praised the US plan as a “good start” for Riyadh / Washington cooperation in Syria.
“We have been negotiating with the United States since the beginning of the year on the deployment of Arab forces in Syria. But these proposals and this idea do not date from yesterday, “said the minister quoted by the television channel Al-Ekhbariya.
The Saudi minister recalled that his country had already discussed with the administration of Barack Obama who had finally decided to “not take action on this proposal.”
However, Nicholas Heras, Middle East expert at the Center for New American Security, does not believe that the Saudi military can be a good option for the Americans’ mission, given the fact that they have encountered great difficulties in reaching their goals. military objectives facing the Ansarallah fighters in southern Yemen.
But there is every reason to believe that the armies of the Arab countries will have big problems to execute the mission envisaged by Donald Trump in Syria.
Most Arab countries, although they have purchased large amounts of US equipment and weapons, have limited capabilities.
Military analyst John Kirby believes that most Arab countries are not able to use their political, economic, military and intelligence forces to send and maintain troops in areas of security crisis.
The military of the Arab countries can not make long journeys and carry out operations independently. The armies of the most developed Arab countries are still dependent on US intelligence to carry out a mission in the region, and without the secret information of their satellites, they alone are not able to collect intelligence and target targets. .
In addition, they lack sophisticated combat equipment. They do not have enough refueling planes to continue their operations and are thus unable to ensure the security of bases populated by soldiers from many Arab countries, on Syrian soil.