Saudi Arabia Confirms Deployment to Turkish Base

Turkey FM: Saudis May Join Turkey in Ground Invasion of Syria

Saudi Arabian Brig. Gen. Ahmed Assiri has confirmed a new military deployment to Turkey, with a number of warplanes headed to an airbase in Turkey as what the general says ius just a “part” of deployments for involvement in the Syrian Civil War.

Last week, Saudi officials repeatedly talked up plans to send ground troops into Syria to fight, though Assiri insisted that the current deployment does not include any ground troops. That’s not to say they aren’t coming, however.

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted in the media as saying that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are working together on a possible joint ground invasion of Syria, saying the Saudis told him they were ready to add troops to the air base deployment.

Turkey began artillery strikes into Syria over the weekend, and there are unconfirmed reports of a small number of Turkish troops having crossed the border at Azaz. The Turkish forces have so far focused on attacking Kurdish fighters, with some attacks against the Syrian military as well.

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