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    Moscow is monitoring how the situation unfolds regarding the possible deployment of Saudi military forces to Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmity Peskov said Friday.

    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
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Guardian newspaper reported that Saudi Arabia could send thousands of ground forces to Syria, most likely in coordination with Turkey, in order to take part in the fight against Daesh.

    "Naturally, we are carefully monitoring the situation,” Peskov said.

    He added that the Kremlin currently does not have any facts confirming the validity of the reports on the Saudi plans.

    Moscow has been conducting air strikes against IS and Nusra Front targets in Syria since September 30, at Damascus' request.


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