Saudi Arabia to Send Jets to Turkish Base for Air Missions in Syria
13:35 13.02.2016(updated 14:22 13.02.2016)
Saudi Arabia is deploying warplanes to the Turkish Incirlik base to fight Daesh, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
'They (Saudi officials) came, did a reconnaissance of the base. At the moment it is not clear how many planes will come,' Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Yeni Safak and Haberturk newspapers after taking part in the Munich Security Conference.
The deployment is part of the US-led effort to defeat Daesh terrorist group, he added. Incirlik is a key hub for US-led coalition operations againstDaesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS).
The Foreign Minister also said that Turkey and Saudi Arabia could launch a ground operation against terrorists in Syria.
'If there is a strategy (against Daesh) then Turkey and Saudi Arabia could enter into a ground operation,' Cavusoglu said.
'They (Saudi Arabia) said 'If necessary we can also send troops'. Saudi Arabia is showing great determination in the fight against terror in Syria,' he added.
Earlier it was reported that Saudi Arabia was ready to send its special forces as part of US-led coalition.
Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the army loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and militant organizations, including Daesh terrorist group, which is banned in a number of countries, including Russia and the United States.
The US-led coalition of some 60 nations, including Saudi Arabia among others, has been launching airstrikes against Daesh in Syria and Iraq since 2014. However, the operation in Syria is conducted without the approval of the UN Security Council or Syrian authorities.
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