Seeds: Starting in 2011, Syria has been going through a particularly brutal civil war. This war is the main reason for the Syrian refugee crisis. After this mass migration, ISIL militants have been able to enter the country, and, in response to their actions, many countries including Germany, France, and the United States have joined in airstrikes against the militant group.
Core: Saudi Arabia recently stated that they are ready and willing to send ground troops to fight against ISIL in Syria. Iran, one of Saudi Arabia’s greatest rivals, has stated that they do not believe that this will actually occur. Not only are the countries run by opposing Islamic sects, but Iran has also long been supportive of the Assad regime and Saudi Arabia has been giving aid to rebel forces. Due to these two factors, some are worried the most recent scathing remarks could amount to more tension than many anticipated.
Skin: Some say that if Saudi Arabia sends forces into Syria, the United States, their ally, will be more compelled to do so as well. This could mean a larger scale, regional war. The United States’ public appears to be very split on the issue, and will probably remain so, given that it is slightly more concerned about how badly Donald Trump needs therapy.
Leaves: Many are concerned about the repercussions of these remarks on the already tense relations between the countries. But also, with the already incredible turmoil in Syria (over 200,000 have died and an estimated 6,000,000 have left), some are worried more troops will only collapse the country further.
Food for thought: Do you think the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia will escalate? Do you think the United States should send ground troops into Syria? Do you think Saudi Arabia will end up sending ground troops? Tell us what you think.
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