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Syrian government troops fire at Isis group positions near Mahin, Syria. Photograph: AP
Ian Black Middle East editor
Thursday 4 February 2016 20.06 GMT
Last modified on Thursday 4 February 2016 20.07 GMT
Saudi Arabia has offered for the first time to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State, its defence ministry said on Thursday.
“The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Isis) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news.