Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Saudi Arabia sent to the base in Incirlik ground forces and fighter jets in anticipation of a possible ground invasion in Syria, reports The Independent. He didn’t mention the number of troops sent.
“Saudi Arabia has expressed its commitment against Daesh (Arabic term for ISIS — “Islamic state”, banned in Russia. — ) saying that she is ready to send aircraft and troops”, — said the head of the Turkish foreign Ministry.
“At each meeting of the coalition we have always stressed the need for broad results-oriented strategies in the fight against the terrorist group Daesh, said Cavusoglu. — If we have such a strategy, Turkey and Saudi Arabia can begin the operation from the ground”.
“We all know that Russia’s goal is to support Assad, — said the Turkish Minister. The question is: who will stop Russia in its actions?”
The Independent reports that the US defense Secretary ash Carter on Friday, February 12, made a statement regarding Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He expects that Riyadh and Abu Dhabi will send the special forces to help fight off ISIL in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the “Islamic state”.
Another British newspaper, The Guardian, 5 February, wrote that Saudi Arabia could send troops to Syria, coordinated their actions with Turkey. According to sources in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia may send to Syria to participate in a land-based anti-terrorist operation several thousand commandos.
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The day before, February 4, 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.
Three days later on the readiness to send ground troops into Syria to fight with terrorists of the “Islamic state” said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Anwar Gargash. “Our position is that the real campaign against Daesh must include ground troops,” he said Gargash (quoted by Reuters). He added that we are not talking about “thousands of soldiers”.
The coalition led by the USA, 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.