Saudi Arabia might be sent to Syria to participate in a land-based anti-terrorist operation, several thousand special forces, writes The Guardian with reference to sources in Riyadh.
According to the source, Saudi Arabia is likely to act in coordination with Turkey. According to The Guardian, Saudi Arabia and Turkey a few weeks ago created a body responsible for coordinating military action.
Yesterday Advisor to the Minister of defense of Saudi Arabia Ahmed Asseri has said it is ready to start a ground operation in Syria if it was supported by the U.S.-led coalition.
He stressed that, in the opinion of Riyadh, one of the air operation to defeat the “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia) in Syria is not enough.
The Pentagon chief ash Carter, in turn, welcomed this statement and said. that he will discuss with Saudi officials the issue of a ground operation next week in Brussels.
The U.S.-led coalition, which includes more than 50 countries (including Saudi Arabia and Turkey), conducts an air operation in Syria since 2014. However, at the end of last year, Riyadh announced the creation of its own anti-terrorist coalition. Established in Saudi Arabia coalition included 34 countries, including Turkey and Egypt.
Air operation in Syria, Russia is also pursuing with the support of Iran, Iraq and Syrian government forces. The day before Turkey refused Russia in flight over its territory within the open skies Treaty, which was supposed to be monitoring the border with Syria and airfields to NATO aircraft. Then — on Thursday — the defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov at the briefing said that the Russian side considers these actions “as a dangerous precedent and an attempt to mask illicit military activity near the border with Syria”.
Defense Ministry spokesman noted that the Agency has “serious grounds to suspect intensive training of the Turkish military invasion of the territory of a sovereign state” — Syria. In his words, “signs of covert training of the Turkish armed forces to take action on Syria,” the Russian side commits more and more.
After that, the source Reuters in the Turkish government took the charges of Moscow, saying that Russia is thereby trying to divert attention from their own crimes in Syria.