Turkey, Saudi Arabia May Send Ground Troops to Fight Islamic State


Ynetnews reports:

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria, Turkish media reported on Saturday.

After taking part at a security conference in Munich, Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia was “ready to send both jets and troops” to Turkey’s Incirlik air base, Saturday’s edition of the Yeni Safak pro-government newspaper quoted him as saying.

“Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation (against ISIS) from the land,” he added, the paper said.

Cavusoglu did not specify the number of troops or jets, or the timing of a possible Saudi deployment, but said exploratory visits have been made.

The base is used by the US-led coalition in the campaign against the Islamic State group.

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