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Saudi Arabia to sends fighter jets to Turkey for battle with IS

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(Ankara-AlummahWorld, Jumada al-ula 5, 1437, February 14, 2016) Saudi Arabia is sending military aircrafts to Turkey's Incirlik air base for the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was reported as saying on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia has resumed its participation in air strikes against Islamic State group in recent weeks and clearly announced that the Kingdom can send troops into Syria if required.

"Saudi Arabia is now sending planes to Turkey, to Incirlik. They came and carried out inspections at the base," Cavusoglu told the media, adding it was unclear how many planes would come and that the Saudis might also send soldiers.

Riyadh did not announced the move officially although various sources are indicating Saudi measures.

US is reluctant to send forces into Syria while Damascus, Moscow and Tehran expanding their military actions against Syrian opposition forces.

But Saudi Arabia recently offered ground forces to fight Islamic State and Cavusoglu said Turkey and the Saudis would support a coalition ground operation. "We said that if there is such a strategy, Turkey and Saudi Arabia can join a ground operation," he told the Yeni Safak paper on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich.

Major powers agreed in Munich on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who promised to fight on until he regained full control of the country.

Four months of Russian air strikes in Syria have helped Assad wrest back territory from rebels fighting government forces, alarming Gulf Arab states who back the insurgents. Due to Russian supported military offensives by Damascus forces, a new wave of thousands of refugees is flooding towards Turkey.

Revelation of a possible Saudi Arabian fighter jets arrival in Turkey may change the situation in the region drastically. Saudi Arabia has one of the most modern and powerful military forces in the Middle East. Riyadh has long been purchasing military aircrafts, defense systems and other equipments from Washington and Europe.