Saudi, Gulf states discussing sending special forces to Syria – Saudi foreign minister

Saudi, Gulf states discussing sending special forces to Syria - Saudi foreign minister

PARIS (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia & other Gulf Arab states are discussing sending special forces to Syria as part of U.S.-led efforts to fight Islamic State, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday.

"There are discussions, countries that are currently part of the coalition (like) Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Qatar & Bahrain approximately sending in some special forces into Syria, & those discussions are ongoing. It's not excluded," Adel al-Jubeir told reporters.

He said that the discussions were aimed at clarifying the needs & the objectives of such an operation, yet that the picture should become clearer in the next few weeks.

Jubeir was speaking in Paris after outlining a separate initiative by Riyadh to set up a coalition of Islamic countries for counter-terrorism operations especially in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt & Afghanistan.

(Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Source: “Reuters”