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    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has reportedly claimed that only a full-fledged US coalition-led ground operation will help defeat Daesh terrorists.

    The fight against Daesh terrorists can only be won with the help of a full-blown ground operation, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in an interview with the German media group Funke.

    "The ground operation, [launched] by local troops as well as some Arab countries — if they dare to start it — is of great importance and should be staged in order to defend the newly captured positions", he said.

    A soldier of the Syrian army stands by a gun during an assault on the town of Osman in Syria's province of Daraa
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    A soldier of the Syrian army stands by a gun during an assault on the town of Osman in Syria's province of Daraa

    At the same time, he underscored that each country should possess sovereignty on the issue of sending ground troops to Syria, something that he said France is not going to do.

    "France, in turn, does not intend to send its ground troops to Syria to combat Daesh," he pointed out.

    His remarks came after Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that he did not rule out the possibility of sending his country's special forces to Syria as part of the US-led coalition to degrade and destroy Daesh

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, for his part, said after the International Syria Support Group talks in Munich that any statements concerning a possible deployment of ground troops in Syria may lead to an aggravation of the conflict.

    Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting opposition factions and extremist groups, such as Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front, which are banned in Russia.

    September 30, 2015 saw the beginning of the Russian air campaign in Syria which was launched following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.


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