UAE set to send troops to Syria

United Arab Emirates says that it is ready to fight DAESH by sending ground troops to Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs of United Arab Emirates Anwar Gargash.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) stated on Sunday it was ready to participate to ground operations against DAESH in Syria and is set to send ground troops to the region.

"Our position throughout has been that a real campaign against DAESH has to include a ground force," Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi. "We are not talking about thousands of troops."

"US leadership on this" would be a prerequisite for the UAE, he added

"We are not talking about thousands of troops but we are talking about troops on the ground that will lead the way ... that will support ... and I think our position remains the same and we will have to see how this progresses," he said.

The Saudi offer to participate in ground operations in Syria launched by the US-led coalition was welcomed by US Defence Secretary Ash Carter.

Carter claimed that increased activity by other countries would make it easier for the US to accelerate its fight against DAESH.

"That kind of news is very welcome," he told reporters.

A Saudi military spokesman announced on Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to participate in fighting against DAESH with the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.

"We are determined to fight and defeat DAESH," Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri told the Associated Press.

The general did not give further information how many troops they are planning to send.

A US-led coalition of regional and western states have been hitting DAESH targets in Syria since September 2014, but the coalition has not yet sent combat troops to fight against the terrorist group.

The announcement came shortly after the UN brokered peace talks between the Assad regime and opposition representatives in Geneva to end the civil war in Syria were suspended until Feb. 25.

TRTWorld and agencies