“Viewed through a geopolitical and economic lens, the conflict in Syria is not a civil war, but the result of larger international players positioning themselves on the geopolitical chessboard in preparation for the opening of the pipeline,” he noted.
Just as the 2003 Iraq War has been linked to oil in the Persian Gulf, Syria may turn out to be all about gas. One of the countries that has a lot to gain from getting rid of Assad is Turkey.
The proposed gas pipeline from Qatar via Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey to Europe.
In the meantime Iran, which owns the other smaller, share of the Persian Gulf gas field, decided to lodge its own rival plan for a billion pipeline to Europe via Iraq and Syria and then under the Mediterranean Sea. These plans apparently had Russia’s blessing, possibly because it could exert more influence over Iran, which, unlike Qatar, did not host a US air base.
Failed pipeline bidder Qatar is believed to have funded anti-Assad rebel groups by billion between 20.
Saudi Arabia has also been accused of funding the terrorist group.
Last year US President Barack Obama spoke openly about the need for Europe to reduce its reliance on Russian gas following the conflict in Ukraine.
The US is not the only country trying to outmanoeuvre Russia, and this is where the role of Syria becomes more important.
The more you owe Gazprom, the more they think they can turn the screws.” Much of Russia’s power comes from established pipelines used to transport gas to Europe cheaply.
But other countries are now trying to get around Russia and provide new sources of gas to Europe.
THE Syrian war often seems like a big confusing mess but one factor that is not often mentioned could be the key to unlocking the conflict.
Some experts have pointed out that many of the key players have one thing in common: a billion-dollar gas pipeline.
It’s a move that is supported by the United States as it would weaken Russian influence over Europe.