Saudi Arabia preparing to send ground troops into Syria

The Saudi Arabian Armed Forces conducting a major military exercise and parade at King Khalid Military City near Hafr Al-Baten, in northeast Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has been fighting ISIS from the air but now they are ready to take the fight to the ground.  In September of 2014, Saudi Arabia joined the coalition fight against ISIS in Syria by using their Air Force to target and destroy ISIS positions.

Yesterday, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told Al Jazeera, “Today, the Saudi kingdom announced its readiness to participate with ground troops with the US-led coalition against ISIL, because we now have the experience in Yemen.”

He continued to say, “We know that air strikes cannot be enough and that a ground operation is needed. We need to combine both to achieve better results on the ground.”

General Asseri has yet to announce a formal plan which would include the amount of troops he would commit.

Saudi Arabia will have to receive approval from the US-led coalition for any ground troops to enter Syria.

The coalition could decide as soon as next week though. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter is scheduled to meet with the defense ministers of 27 countries, which are participating in the fight against the Islamic State, in Brussels.

Last Month, during a news conference in Paris, Carter said, “Every nation must come prepared to further contributions to the fight.”

During the conference he said the coalition has made significant progress in the fight against the Islamic State but they “must seize to hasten ISIL’s lasting defeat.”

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