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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Turkey and Saudis Saudis are incapable of intervening directly in Syria without US order

The Syrian president Bashar Assad said on Monday that the crisis in Syria is a foreign war against the country, adding that Saudi and Turkey are incapable of intervening directly in Syria. More here

In turkey a senior Turkish official said Ankara favors a ground operation into neighboring Syria but only with its allies.
“WeTurkey flag want a ground operation with our international allies,” AFP news agency quoted the official as saying.
“We are asking the coalition partners that there should be a ground operation,” the official said.
“There is not going to be a unilateral military operation from Turkey to Syria,” the official told reporters in Istanbul.
“Without a ground operation it is impossible to stop the fighting in Syria,” he added…..
Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz had said on Sunday that Ankara had no intention of intervening in Syria. More here
Saudi FM Adel al-JubeirSaudi Arabia said on Sunday that any move to deploy Saudi special forces into Syria will depend on a decision by the US-led coalition that was launched to allegedly fight the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group.
A report published by Reuters stated that Saudi Arabic confirmed it had sent aircraft to NATO-member Turkey’s Incirlik air base for the fight against ISIL militants.
“The Kingdom’s readiness to provide special forces to any ground operations in Syria is linked to a decision to have a ground component to this coalition against ISIL  in Syria—this US-led coalition—so the timing is not up to us,” Jubeir told a news conference with his Swiss counterpart in Riyadh.
“With regards to timing of the mission or size of troops, this has yet to be worked out,” he added.
US President Barack Obama has ruled out sending ground troops to Syria. But Turkey said that both Ankara and Riyadh would support a coalition ground operation.

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