US Sees No Place for Saudi Ground Troops in Anti ISIS Fight

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    US Sees No Place for Saudi Ground Troops in ISIS Fight

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    WASHINGTON — The anti-Islamic State coalition will pass on Saudi Arabia’s offer to send ground troops into the fight, the US representative to the coalition told Congress on Tuesday.

    Saudi Arabia in February announced it would send its troops if the US and other allied partners approved. But that won’t be happening, as the 66-member coalition plans to stick with only local ground troops, Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    “In terms of ground capability, I think our focus on empowering local actors to liberate their own territory is the most sustainable strategy for defeating ISIL, and will remain our fundamental approach,” McGurk said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group.

    It’s unclear whether Saudi Arabia's offer was anything more than a bluff, as the Saudi military has been battling rebel forces in Yemen for months as part of the larger Saudi-Iran rivalry. Analysts say Saudi Arabia has been reluctant to commit to the fight when the Islamic State is a check on Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is backed by Iran.

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    After this we can't really complain anymore and say they need to do more to fight ISIS.
     
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