How did we end up with the same geopolitical interests as the 7th Century Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or on the same side as Erdogan`s increasingly belligerent & Islamic State supporting Turkey?
What should concern everyone is that Turkey is a member of NATO. Which was fine and workable during the Cold War when it was essentially a secular military dictatorship on the inside of the tent pissing out. Nowadays however, it operates more like Saul Goodman pursuing nationalist & regional Islamist interests, with a under-the-counter trade in ISIS oil running.
As we have pointed out previously, the comical pretense for Saudi Arabia getting involved is that they too are joining the fight against the Islamic State.
Somehow, Turkey and Saudi Arabia need to figure out how to spin an attack on the YPG and an effort to rescue the opposition at Aleppo as an anti-ISIS operation even though ISIS doesn’t have a large presence in the area.
Assad has promised to “confront them”, which of course means that the IRGC and Hassan Nasrallah’s army are set to come into direct contact with Turkish and Saudi troops, setting the stage for an all-out sectarian war that will almost invariably end up pitting NATO against the Russians.