Saudis Will Only Send Troops To Syria If US Invades First

Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP)

Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP)

MOSCOW — Last month, Washington announced sending 250 US troops in addition to 50 special operations forces already on the ground to help train local militants in Syria to fight Daesh.

“If the United States sends ground troops into Syria to fight Daesh, Saudi Arabia would be prepared to send special forces alongside those troops, but we will not be sending troops unilaterally,” the minister told France 24 on Tuesday.

The United States and the Arab Gulf monarchy are part of an international coalitionof some 60 nations that have been launching airstrikes at positions of Islamist militants in Syria since August 2014.

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