Saudi Arabia ready to deploy ground troops to Syria
Feb 5, Riyadh: Saudi Arabia is prepared to deploy ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if US-led coalition leaders agree to the offer, media reports said.
Military spokesman Ahmed Asseri said that Saudi's air force has targeted ISIL with air strikes since the campaign began in Syria in September 2014, but the Gulf kingdom is now ready to provide ground forces to defeat the armed group.
Brigadier General Asseri said, "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."
The Saudi offer is expected to be discussed when the United States convenes a meeting of defence ministers from coalition countries fighting ISIL in Brussels next week.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter welcomed the Saudi offer to participate in ground operations in Syria.
Carter said increased activity by other countries would make it easier for the United States to accelerate its fight against ISIL.
The Oslo Times