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Saudi Drill or Syrian Invasion? 350,000 Soldiers, 20,000 Tanks & 2,500 Warplanes Amass Near Syria


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of the most massive military drill ever staged in the Middle East; with over 20 Gulf states and other allied nations participating in the incredible display of military might.

The official Twitter account for North Thunder said the exercises were being held at King Khalid Military City in Hafr Al Batin from February 14 until March 10.

“A military exercise will be commanded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the participation of 20 countries and the Peninsula Shield force as well,” the account said. “The main objective is to demonstrate the high combat readiness of the participating armed forces and their readiness and ability to function successfully in joint operations,” the account said.

The drill, coined “Northern Thunder,” will include up to 350,000 troops, 20,000 tanks, 2,500 warplanes and 450 helicopters, and will coordinate the use of ground forces, as well as naval and air force personnel.

The participating countries are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Senegal, Sudan, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Mauritius, according to Gulf News.

The professed aim of the drill is to show that Saudi Arabia and its allies “stand united in confronting all challenges and preserving peace and stability in the region.”

“It will serve to boost fighting capabilities, exchange information, benefit from experiences and expertise and enhance coordination between the participating countries,” Saudi Arabia’s Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri said.

However, the reality underpinning the drill is far more convoluted than the House of Saud is willing to admit, and has little to do with regional stability.

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What has actually taken place is that the Russian intervention into the Syrian conflict has usurped the Western-backed plan of providing material assistance to rebel groups attempting to overthrow the al-Assad government.

The Russian-backed offensive in Syria has resulted in the Azaz corridor, a major supply route for ‘covert’ CIA weapons shipments to the so-called “moderate rebels,” being shut down, which has left the U.S. scrambling for options to continue their campaign of regime change in Syria.

The New York Times explained:

The Russian military action has changed the shape of a conflict that had effectively been stalemated for years. Suddenly, Mr. Assad and his allies have momentum, and the United States-backed rebels are on the run…

The Russians have cut off many of the pathways the C.I.A. has been using for a not-very-secret effort to arm rebel groups, according to several current and former officials.

With the CIA-backed rebels increasingly cut off from their arms supply — the US had to engage in new tactics to bolster the regime change strategy – escalation through client states.

Enter the Saudi coalition.

While the U.S. fears direct confrontation with Russia in Syria, due to the potential devolution of the conflict into a hot war between the two nuclear powerhouses, a proxy army raised by the Saudis would seemingly negate this potential and allow Western interests to continue their preferred strategy of regime change.

In a recent announcement, Saudi Arabia said that it had deployed U.S. made F-15s to Turkey under the auspices of fighting ISIS.

“The Saudi kingdom now has a presence at the İncirlik base in Turkey. Saudi warplanes are present with their crews to intensify aerial operations along with missions launched from bases in Saudi Arabia,” Al Assiri told Al Arabiya television prior to the commencement of the military drill.

Additionally, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have both lobbied for Western approval for a ground invasion of Syria – with Turkey openly acknowledging the planning of a joint attack.

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But even as the Saudis attempt to flex their U.S. purchased military hardware as a warning to the Assad regime and the Russians, reality dictates that even those within the coalition understand exactly who is in control within the Syrian theater of war.

According to a report by Defense News:

A Jordanian official confirmed that the country will not participate in any Turkish- or Arab-led Syrian invasion unless mandated by the United Nations, led by western forces and coordinated with Russia.

“Jordan is not going to send ground forces into Syria unless these troops are led by Americans and British,” the Jordanian official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We have very long borders with Iraq and Syria which are more than 550 kilometers. Any ground troops including Jordanian forces should be sent after a UN approval and after full coordination with Russia.”

Make no mistake that regardless of Western claims; intervention in Syria has very little, if anything, to do with ISIS – and everything to do with the power games of energy resources and strategic geopolitical control.

One could easily question whether this is truly a drill or the buildup of an invasion force; but could the Saudis really be foolish enough to endanger their entire regime by wading into a direct military confrontation with the Russians?

Only time will tell — but what’s certain is that a dangerous game is being played by the Western internationalists that could potentially result in a direct confrontation with Russia.

Jay Syrmopoulos is a political analyst, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

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  • I smell a draft

    • trump wants a wall so citizens cant flee

    • You can always use the old wall it has huge gates they leave open .

  • War hawks are foaming at the mouth.

  • Kevin Maccuish

  • Iran? Its your move…

  • we are all fucked… luckily a very small group of souless shark eyed scum are gonna make a fucktonne of money out of it… which is nice

  • You can always go to chi town or Detroit and get early war training.

  • Saudi defending IS, the terrorists they fund, yet Britain will unconditionally support them 100%, simply because the US tell us to :/

  • a well placed missle would bring equality lol

    • Mutually assured destruction. If one missile flies, they all fly.

    • That’s not where the missles would be pointed

  • Oil

  • Fuuuuck no

  • war profits warhawks and bring hell on earth to the rest of us

  • Time for RUSSIA to wipe the earth clean of apartheid Israels lap dog Saudi Arabia…

  • Either way, they need to dissolve ISIS while they are playing cops and robbers..

  • WTF ?????????

  • Cease all warz

  • The fear machine rolls on and on

  • Invasion. A country that size wouldn’t drill with that number.

  • As long as the United States is not footing the bill, I am good with their tactics. “Send in 200 tanks, when one will do.” -Arnold S.

  • They must be taking applications for the new glass factory.

  • Very little to do with DAESCH, everything to do with a pipeline

  • WW III. Stupid people are going to destroy the world.

  • And they will all be dead when Russia wipe them out #hailrrussia

  • It’s coming !!!

  • SEE the countries the media says we don’t like, are the countries refusing the engagement of the new world order. These countries refusing the NWO, are enemies, but no one can know whats really going on because it may turn the sheeple against them too.

  • Ross Padders John Smith

  • Get ready for blood. It’s coming….

  • The U.S. is getting nervous because they are afraid that Russia will defeat ISIS. They need ISIS terrorists to complete the collapse of Europe. Next stop: USA.

  • Sounds like an invasion. Here we go again

  • There is still a chance that we’re just crazy conspiracy theorists. But the chance sure is getting smaller each day.

    Leave the army and join the people. World wide Resistance!!!

  • Invasion. Proxy for U.S. ‘Regime’ working for, ‘Khazarian Nazionist International Banking Crime Mafia’.

  • That was fun facts; 20 000 tanks is a LOT!. Saudi actually have 1000 tanks =) That must be 20 000 vehicles included tanks, trucks, armored infantry trucks aso. Even with all allys included its very much.

    • There are 21 nations participating.

    • My friend I guess u have no idea what Saudi is?

    • one of these will take care of all our problems with the Saudis….

    • and a few of these nuclear rifles will help finish the goat fuckers once and for all

  • Maybe they want the oil

  • It’s all about the oil, always has been

  • one sort of stupidity is fighting another sort in seatrch which prophet had a more potent didk and traped more chikdren. But do not forget who is manufacturing the arms and supplying them.

  • All hell, why not… let the Saudis invade Syria, then lets get the Jordanians involved in it too, along with the Russians, Syrians, the US, Iranians, to include the fucking Chinese, and the multitude of rebel groups what could go wrong? Only rule… Winner Takes All… or more precisely what is left.

  • The Russians are cutting off the free flow of oil out of Syria and onto the turkish black market, where the EU, the US and other Arab nations have been obtaining it cheaply…. The US and EU country’s are encouraging this invasion because the oil is what they want to get their hands on, not IS… It’s all about controlling the Syrian economy and therefore having a political stranglehold over Assad…

    • The U.S. is after Iran’s oil fealds.. It’s th last place Russia and China can go if US puts sanctions on them.. It’s the last fealds thT can be used to under mind the dollar..

  • Im with ya but FUCK, THEY ONLY HAVE 12OO TANKS THE WHOLE SA MILITARY IS 175000 MEN THEY HAVE 300 TOTAL WARPLANES jesus fucking christ people………

  • Cam Alft

    $10 bucks says they go in after a bit,take over and start taking and selling oil,or even drilling for it!

  • 20000 tanks is unlikely, even America only has 8k or so, Russia 12K, even with all the countries supposedly involved, 20K is an unlikely figure.

  • The logistics alone, of amassing 20,000 vehicles that get at best 1mpg, even in a fuel rich country, would be gargantuan.

  • Richard Yu Zac Mackay James Robertson

  • Obamas private army

  • always good to get some perspective

  • Gotta go help our Isis buddies, they are surrounded in Aleppo can’t let the funding go to waste.

  • WW3 yes?

  • Sounds like a target rich environment.

  • Justin Shane Renfors

  • Can you say the war of Gog and Magog !!!

  • Richard Waldner

  • disgusting

  • For every Army ranger it would take 30 enemy combatants to win. That’s just army Rangers. The Middle East armies are a joke

  • The US Strategy in Syria really Was an effort to totally destroy Syria asasovereign nation break itinto pieces forthe benefit ofIsraeland the Zionists who imagine the whole Middle-East as a Greater Israel’

    That was the ‘US plan, and that has been set back by the Russian assistance to Syria today, and Syria as a government, as a sovereign state has every right to ask other countries and other forces for assistance as they have both with Iran, with forces in Hezbollah and now with Russian forces.

  • send n the HOGS

  • Can’t wait for Russia to Nuke Saudi ,Turkey and any other nation that supports ISIS. Obama too even

  • So it starts………

  • No it’s not the Marine Corps has a cap of 200,000 and reserves of 50,000.


  • Double or tripe or quadruple ! Saudi forces can’t be compared to USMC! There a fuckin Joke Saudi is..

  • “Bear” and “Rustam” are still too big for this flock of 21 countries lead by a “camel”… 😉

  • Matty Martin

  • For a long time I doubted about Globalization but not anymore

  • “Oil”

  • Hopefully Russia will stop the Saudi forces.

  • US and Russia using Syria as battle ground to fight WWIII. Everyone hopes Russia wins.

  • Saudi Arabia and Syria do not share a border. The Sauds would have to roll through Iraq, Jordan, or Israel.

  • “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” -Napoléon Bonaparte

  • It only takes one nuke. Thats the shit you need to worry about.

  • ‘we’ the world community pray for safety of innocent civilian caught up in the war. Syrian intervention should not turnout to be shia and sunni sectarian war .

  • I hope we end up going to war. It would put an end to the BS.

  • Looks to me like shit’s about to get sideways. Hope they wipe each other out.

  • enoughalready4

    This is about the Sunnis wiping out Assad and his brand of Islam. Holy war. Obama abandoned all the Sunni countries and aligned himself with Iran—a Shiite country. Now we know which “type” of Muslim Obama is.

    • Ron Denenea

      Al Qaeda – Sunni
      ISIS – Sunni
      Saudi Arabia – Sunni
      Iran – Shia

      So why does Saudi Arabia want to take out the Assad Regime?

      • Ayaad Al-Shamroukh

        Iran – Shia
        Iraq – Shia “under Iran control now”
        Lebanon – Shia “under Iran control now” (hezbOllah)
        Syran – 30% shia “becoming under Iran control now”
        Yemen – 20% Fighting for Iran to take over now

        You don’t Think is Saudi Arabia is surrounded now By Shia
        So if Saudi Arabia doesn’t do anything guess who is next

        and you don’t see 4 million people of the sunni been escaped from syria and there is 250 thousand of sunnis in syria has been killed. Please read and educate yourself better than fooling some people. unless you are Shia

        • Ron Denenea

          I’m not saying either side is blameless, but Iran hasn’t fought a direct war with anyone besides Iraq since it revolted. The U.S. implemented the Shah, to stop the nationalization of Iran’s oil. I’m not saying that the Saudis shouldn’t mobilize or that Shia or Sunni Islam is correct. I’m saying it isn’t in the U.S.’S interest to fight ISIS or support either side in Iran vs. The Saudis. The U.S. is funding the turmoil in the region by supporting the former Dauod Brigade, the Ba’ath Party Generals, Al Nusra Front. We need to stay out of the region. All those groups have contributed to ISIS, and we now fund Al Qaeda to fight other groups from Libya to Pakistan.

          I am educated on the Issue, I promise I know more than most of the Presidential candidates.

    • candlelighter

      Psst. Obama is a Christian. There’s been quite a bit of information around that in the 8 or so years you’ve been sleeping.

  • Tried to comment on this several times, but the comments failed to post. I guess somebody is concerned about 350,000 well armed Muslims being on Israel’s doorstep! Shhhh!


  • Didnt obama take 5 billion us tax payers dollars to help build that army

  • watch Russia slap their asses – big time

  • America should be able to tell you, they’re orchestrating it all!!

  • Mark Walsh

    Here we go world war 3. Coward obama what will your epitaph read……blood and oil thirsty murderous vilan

  • Chris Harding

    Saudi’s will go for broke soon enough, oil prices what they are they are feeling the pinch, and will work with the US against the Russians, and nothing spikes oil prices like a good ol’ fashioned armed conflict.

  • John Prewett

    Islam is on a roll … supported by the “elites” of Western Civilization from the pope on down …. being used by those elites to bring down the “sovereign” nation system and replace it with the NWOrder/world government [that the “beast” will rule for 3.5 years].
    Islam will remain on a roll until the time of the OT predicted invasion of Israel.

    We are rapidly approaching coming to pass of The Great Jihadist-trap.
    And Bear-trap. Nearly all will see [TV + internet] this event come to pass.

    Ezekiel 38-39, Zechariah 12-14, Joel 3, Psalms 83, Isaiah 17 describe a great Jihadist [Islamic terrorist] trap.

    How so ?

    Zechariah 12-14 reveals at first it will appear Israel is defeated.
    At that time all previously hesitant Jihadist will flood into Israel intending rape and pillage.
    Shortly after that ALL the invaders will be annihilated by Jesus/angels.
    Thus the “waterloo” of the Islamic Satanic delusion.

    Since the lead invading nation will be from “remote north” of Israel, this nation must be Russia.
    Thus the invasion will also result in the “waterloo” of Russian dream of world ruler-ship.
    I expect America will be sidelined by internal conflict at the time of this invasion.

    Henry Kissinger stated “In 10 years, there will be no more Israel.” [NYTimes 17 Sept 12]
    Therefore H.K. [aka Mr. Insider] must be confident there will be an invasion of Israel by 2022.
    I agree with him about that [except I think sooner than 2022].

    ps: pre-Trib teaching is a major false prophecy of our age.

    Ezekiel 38-39 specifies a 7 year post-Invasion clean up.
    Rev 13 specifies the final “beast” reigns for 3.5 years.
    Rev 19 return of Christ is same day as end of the reign of the “beast”

    So, in order for the post-Invasion clean-up to be completed before the Rev 19 return of Christ,…..the commencement of the 3.5 year reign of the final “beast” must be at least 3.5 years after the post-Invasion clean-up of Israel commences.

    If one CORRECTLY identifies the Great Whore of the Revelation,
    then one is in position to identify the final supreme “beast” by name.
    However, if one cannot identify the G.W. that is in plain view,
    then one cannot ID the supreme “beast” who is waiting in the wings.

    ps: H.K. is 2nd “beast”of Rev 13 and “false prophet”of Rev 19


    4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:
    I saw the souls of them that had been –> beheaded <-- [NOT raptured] for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as worshiped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4

  • GAGO



    Saudis & Russians … Dukin’ it out in da Desert. Shud be interesting. Probably they’ll all get lost and go home for sex with young boys & Borscht.

  • Wyowanderer

    Bullshit. SA doesn’t HAVE 20,000 tanks.