The Guardian have reported that Saudi Arabia has offered to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS, its defence ministry said on Thursday.
“The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Isis) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news.
It is believed this would be in coordination with Turkey who have made suggestions their ready to invade Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIS.
This is the same pretext given by Saudi Arabia.
“There is frustration with the current efforts put in place to fight Daesh,” said the Saudi analyst Mohammed Alyahya.
“Increasingly, it seems that none of the forces on the ground in Syria (besides rebel groups) is willing to fight Isis. The Assad regime, Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah are preoccupied with fighting Bashar al-Assad’s opposition with one ostensible goal: to keep Bashar al-Assad in power, irrespective of the cost in innocent Syrian lives,” he continues.
The analyst however made no mention to the 8,000 dead in the Saudi-led aggression in Yemen in which over 2,200 are children.
This bald statement to invade Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIS has drawn criticisms due to the Yemeni Army and its allies controlling large swathes of territory in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan province.