Saudi Arabia, Turkey may launch ground operations in Syria: Turkish media

ISTANBUL - Turkish media are quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria.

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After taking part at a security conference in Munich, Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia was "ready to send both jets and troops" to Turkey's Incirlik airbase.

"Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation (against IS) from the land," Saturday's edition of the Yeni Safak pro-government newspaper quoted him as saying.

Cavusoglu did not specify the number of troops or jets nor the timing of a possible Saudi deployment but said exploratory visits have been made.

The base is used by the U.S.-led coalition in the campaign against the Islamic State group.

Turkish television channels NTV and CNN Turk also carried remarks by the minister suggesting that Turkey and Saudi Arabia see eye to eye on the need for ground operations in Syria.



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