DAMASCUS – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there will be ground troops in Syria, emphasizing that he is convinced of the need to launch ground operations in the war-torn country but “at the appropriate moment”.
A ground invasion of Syria was forthcoming, but the U.S. troops would not play a part, according to Kerry.
U.S. has been leading airstrikes against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria for nearly one year.
The U.S. has tried to avoid sending any ground troops to the Syrian soil. However, Kerry expressed his belief that such operations seem necessary but without a direct American involvement.
He believed the moment would arrive for Middle Eastern countries to send soldiers to Syria.
“We are talking about very specific ways to do that with other countries in the region,” Kerry said.
“There will need to be people on the ground. I am convinced there will be at the appropriate moment.” “The president has made it very clear that American troops are not part of that equation,” he told the CNN. “But I do know that there are others who are talking about it. There are people in the region who are capable of that.”
Kerry declined to say which countries might partake in the ground operation.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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