22:51 GMT07 April 2020
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    Saudi Arabia’s call to send its ground troops to aid the coalition against Daesh - also known as ISIS - in Syria has received ridicule from the commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard.

    Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmad Asiri on Thursday announced the Kingdom’s willingness to send troops into the blood-soaked battlefields of Syria, where Daesh has taken up territory and spread barbaric destruction.

    The proposal was undermined in Iran by Maj. Gen. Ali Jafari.

    “They claim they will send troops (to Syria), but I don't think they will dare do so," Jafari told reporters in Tehran. "They have a classic army and history tells us such armies stand no chance in fighting irregular resistance forces. This will be like a coup de grace for them.

    “Apparently, they see no other way but this, and if this is the case, then their fate is sealed."

    Iran’s Shiite-led government remains a fierce opponent of Saudi Arabia as well as Daesh.

    Iran also supports the government of Syrian President Bashar-al Assad, who is fighting a war on two fronts against Islamic terror groups like Daesh and other rebels – many of which have been armed and fed by Saudi Arabia.

    The Kingdom intends to boost its force against Daesh in Syria even further by launching a multinational military training exercise in March. Officials have said the exercise would involve as many as 150,000 troops from multiple Middle Eastern Countries including Egypt, Sudan and Morocco.


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