Speaking to reporters after a second day of meetings with Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir confirmed that “discussions” are ongoing about the possibility of sending special forces, or even a broader “ground force contingent” into Syria.
The comments come just days after Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri suggested the idea of sending troops into Syria to participate in a broader ground war including the US and other coalition members to fight against ISIS.
Jubeir’s comments didn’t go into as much detail about the need for a coalition “consensus” on the operation, or really how much of the rest of the coalition would have to contribute ground troops to get the Saudis to commit to the attack.
The US State Department praised the suggestion, saying they “welcome this proposal” and believe the Saudis could indeed intensify their efforts in the war by “introducing some ground elements,” though they too were unwilling to go into detail about exactly what form this deployment would take.