UAE says its ready to send ground troops into Syria

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- A top official in the United Arab Emirates says his country is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants.

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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash made the comments in response to a question from The Associated Press on Sunday, days after neighbouring Saudi Arabia said it is ready to deploy ground forces if leaders of the U.S.-led international coalition fighting the group call for it.

Gargash says it has been the Emirates' long-held position that a campaign to defeat the group "has to include ground elements."

He says the forces might provide training and support, but the country is "not talking about thousands of troops."



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