07:26 GMT +327 February 2017
    In this file photo released on Aug. 5, 2015, by the Rased News Network a Facebook page affiliated with Islamic State militants, an Islamic State militant holds the group's flag as he stands on a tank they captured from Syrian government forces, in the town of Qaryatain southwest of Palmyra, central Syria

    Saudi Arabia Declares Its Ground Forces Ready to Invade Syria

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    A Saudi military spokesman has confirmed that Riyadh is prepared to join any US-led ground operations to fight Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, in Syria, if such operations are approved by the coalition.

    "The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Islamic State) may agree to carry out in Syria," Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told al-Arabiya TV. Asseri is also the spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen.

    "If there was a consensus from the leadership of the coalition, the kingdom is willing to participate in these efforts because we believe that aerial operations are not the ideal solution and there must be a twin mix of aerial and ground operations," Asseri added.

    Asked about the report, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the coalition is generally welcome to its partners increasing support in the fight against Daesh, but could not comment specifically on Asseri's comments.

    "I would not want to comment specifically on this until we've had a chance to review it," he said.

    The US-led coalition has conducted airstrikes against Daesh since September of 2014, but the campaign has done little to stymie the terrorist group's influence. While President Obama has repeatedly stated that he will not place additional boots on the ground in the Middle East, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has indicated that the Pentagon may be reconsidering that policy.

    By comparison, the Russian air campaign that started last September has carried out thousands of sorties and has already proven effective against Daesh. Working at the behest of the legitimate government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian air support and Syrian ground troops are beating back the terrorist group.


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      Poor guy, he is now talking to himself :)
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      vendorin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, who are you talking to?
    • GenerationY
      How Ironic, asking the Coalition who's members started much of this mess if they can join in, when in truth they probably just want to be there when there is a vacuum of power to install a leader of their choosing. If they really want to stop Deash, their princes should stop supplies of the Meth, and their Clerics should stop supplies of the Wahhabi doctrine, then ground forces may not be looked at with such scrutiny even thou until the Royal Family and the people of Arabia change Saudi Arabia for the better they will always be looked at with scrutiny.
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      dna1991in reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, Save the Camels and wipe out these monsters.
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      vendorin reply todna1991(Show commentHide comment)
      dna1991, we export our true blue Aussie camels to the ME anyway. They are our ex-pats so we need to get involved!
    • Drain the swampin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, omg, not another oz jew camel fu.....! calling itself rupert murdoch 1
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      Russia must immediately move in an armored brigade to the Syrian Turkish border to stop the impending Turkish invasion aimed to partition Syria.
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      This is a big move for NATO, actually going to war to defend and protect terrorists.
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      jasin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, If it's a comment that is related to a comment already made, I'll reply to myself too. It keeps from having one huge comment.
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      vendorin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, huh?
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      ivanwa88, Good comment, but I disagree about war. I think NATO and its allies have made it clear that they stop at nothing. There are no limits. It's a game of chicken with them and they blame the guy who doesn't get out of the way for WWIII.
    • Blackiein reply tolgwUSMC(Show commentHide comment)
      How true.
      I hope that 100.000 get killed if they try.
    • Korz53in reply toslimyfox(Show commentHide comment)
      slimyfox, Yes. but The other side will be shooting too, and items as the 400 and the 300s may be hit , damaged and destroyed. Where are the reserves and replacements after the initial first strike damage.
    • itchyvet .
      Since when, is it acceptable for a country to INVADE another country under the guise of fighting the terrorists that they have been supporting so far ?????
      And the U.N is simply going to sit on it's hands and say nothing about this ?
      The U.S. Turkey, nor the Arab nations have got any business ILLEGALY INVADING another nation to STEAL it's land and resources.
      The general World population cant see the criminalty in this behavior ???? We are all doomed, so much for the yanks adhering to the "Rule Of Law". I wonder which law is allowing this invasion ?
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      innocappuccinnoin reply toKorz53(Show commentHide comment)
      Korz53, that is not how it must be done. It must be backed by tactical and strategical nukes. To be believed, bring tactical nukes in Syria and openly warn Turkey, Saudi and who other than Izrael
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      innocappuccinnoin reply toKorz53(Show commentHide comment)
      Korz53, as you keep repeating trying to make others believe that(yours) is the only to be considered... i will repeat myself: S-400 is to be backed with tactical and strategical nukes. That's way S-400 are INFAILIBLE now! You may still believe it is not so? OK, west would be delighted that Saudi and Turkey will bit the dust. NO, IZRAEL is to be hit. full salvo of Kalibr would with classical warheads would destroy all electricity production/distribution in Izrael. The second salvo with nukes on wait for the NATO announce of reconsideration on their strategic goals
    • Alabama Mothman
      They cant even beat the yemeni government.
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      FUNNY !!Saudis dont even knwo how to wash thier clothes , how they can got to war ,,,oh wait they can import wannabe soldier from our country (philippines ), bangladesh, pakistan
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      Gosh, thanks for the invasion alert, but could you be a little more specific?
      You know, day, hour, minute.. Thanks!
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      hpin reply toAlabama Mothman(Show commentHide comment)
      Alabama Mothman,
      Even with their hired mercenary, Brits.
      Also, the Yemenis are getting some expert tactical assistance of their own.. That's for sure.
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