Saudis: We’re ready to deploy ground troops to Syria

Saudis: We’re ready to deploy ground troops to Syria
Saudis get warlike with a visiting Francois Hollande in late 2013. (Image: SPA)

[Ed. – What a blessing to have Obama keeping a lid on things so effectively.  Note: the Saudis’ natural ally in this endeavor will be Turkey.  The main purpose is not to combat ISIS but to block Iran in Syria and make sure there is a Sunni coalition with a stake in the outcome there.  Anybody who still thinks this is all about ISIS has some serious catching up to do.  This is about redrawing the map of the Middle East.]

A day after a U.N.-hosted Syria peace initiative stalled, Saudi Arabia signaled Thursday that it is ready to contribute to a ground offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), if the U.S.-led coalition agrees to such an operation.

“The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition may agree to carry out in Syria,” Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told al-Arabiya television. …

Although Riyadh says the focus is on fighting ISIS, the deployment of more countries’ ground troops in Syria would likely draw opposition from the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies, given the Saudis’ strong support for anti-Assad rebel factions.

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