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Syria to Ask Allies for Help in Ground Operations if Need Arises - Minister

© AP Photo / Hassan AmmarSyrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi
Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi - Sputnik International
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Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoubi said that Syria may turn to its allies for help in carrying out ground operations against the Islamic State group if the need arises.

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DAMASCUS (Sputnik) Syria may turn to its allies for help in carrying out ground operations against the Islamic State group if the need arises, Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoubi told Sputnik on Wednesday.

"Of course, a victory over ISIL is not possible only through airstrikes. A military operation on the ground is needed in addition to the air operation. The Syrian army has experience in this field. When the Syrian leadership sees a need, it will, of course, issue a request [for help in ground operations]. But at this time, the Syrian army is capable of carrying out ground battles by itself," Zoubi said.

"When Syria needs something in the military field, it will ask its friends, brothers, and allies," he added.

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