Saudi Arabia Set To Send Troops To Syria
The Saudi Arabia has just galvanized its decision to send in troops to Syria- a "final" and "irreversible" decision to flush militant elements out of the war-torn country- according to the Kingdom's top military spokesman.
The confirmation came about after an official press announcement by Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri according to a report by Saudi government-owned news outfit al-Arabiya. For weeks, rumors had been circulation about an impending Gulf coalition-led invasion of Syria headed by Saudi Arabia.
United States appears delighted of the recent development which sees an increasing regional military involvement of Middle East powers that are traditionally allied to the West in its effort to avert further growth and expansion of terror groups like ISIS (or ISIL) and Al-Qaeda affiliates.
We're going to try to give opportunities and power to ... particularly Sunni Arabs in Syria who want to re-seize their territory back from ISIL, especially [the Syrian the city of] Raqqa," remarked US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter after NATO talks in Belgium as quoted saying by Press TV.
As expected, the military incursion by Saudis and its Gulf allies have angered the embattled Assad-led regime including its backers- Russia and Iran. In an interview by Al Jazeera's Rory Challands with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian official warned of a possible escalation of the Syrian conflict into a world war.
"He basically told them to back off on sending troops because if they did, this might result in some sort of interminable or even a world war," said Challands as reported by Qatar-based Al Jazeera.