Analysis - Saudi role in Syria driven by fear of Shi’ite ’full moon’ | Reuters
Although the Saudi air force is well equipped, it performed poorly in a brief border war with a Yemeni rebel group in 2010, U.S. embassy cables released by WikiLeaks said at the time. [ les milliards de dollars d’achat d’armes ne servent qu’aux commissions ]
And, while Saudi forces engaged Iraq’s army in the 1991 Gulf War, they fought only on Saudi soil. Striking an Arab, Muslim country is problematic for the birthplace of Islam, which aims to be perceived as neutral custodian of Islam’s holy places [ farce- Ils financent des substituts dans les autres pays arabes ].
With limits on what it can do itself, it needs Washington to help fight its battles.