The US defense chief welcomed reports on Thursday about Saudi Arabia’s willingness to deploy troops in Syria, noting that he would discuss the issue with his Saudi counterpart in Brussels next week.

During an interview with the Saudi al-Arabiya TV channel on Thursday, Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri said Riyadh “is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition may agree to carry out in Syria”.

“That kind of news is very welcome. I look forward to discussing that with the Saudi defense minister next week – and other kinds of contributions that Saudi Arabia can make,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told reporters at at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Carter is going to meet defense ministers of 26 countries, which are part of the US-led coalition countering the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group in Belgian capital Brussels.

The US defense chief acknowledged that the Saudi government has indicated willingness to do more in the fight against ISIL, which western media reports revealed it receives funds from main regional countries including the Saudi.

“I should mention also Saudi Arabia has indicated a willingness to take the lead in marshaling some Muslim-majority countries,” he said.

Carter said that the Netherlands also pledged to support anti-ISIL operations in Syria last week, in addition to the Dutch government’s existing contributions to the campaign in Iraq.

“You see others stepping up, and the reason why I’m going to Brussels next week is to bring the full weight of the coalition behind accelerating the defeat of ISIL,” Carter said.

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Sources: Al-Arabiya and Al-Manar

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David William Lazar
David William Lazar
2016-02-06 01:13

but #Saudi boots are already on the ground with ISIL

Elcid Asaei
Elcid Asaei
2016-02-06 02:16

Carter welcomes ISIL ‘boots on ground’ offer in anti-ISIL campaign.

Palo Khaile
Palo Khaile
2016-02-06 01:48

That’s absolute nonsense we know their plan is to take more land of Syrian state to device as they lost in the battle

R Broederdorf
R Broederdorf
2016-02-06 02:43

Doesn’t he mean reinforcements for the CIA/NATO in masks jihadists?

Red Commie
Red Commie
2016-02-06 06:58

I request the removal of every terrorist bandit and replacement with Saudi troops.Will be the world’s shortest battle.

danaducessa
danaducessa
2016-02-06 12:36

@kristijan30 offer? what’s for sale?