Saudi Arabia will join the UK in military exercises in preparation to fight ISIS in Syria, two sources have revealed to CNN.
Saudi will deploy up to 150,000 troops in March to run a multinational military training exercise to prepare for future anti-ISIS operations.
Two Saudi officials told CNN that the kingdom plans to run in March a multinational military training exercise — involving as many as 150,000 troops — to prepare for future anti-ISIS operations.
Most of the personnel will be Saudis; troops from Egypt, Sudan and Jordan have already arrived in the kingdom for the exercise, and troops from other countries — Morocco, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar — are expected, the officials said.
Saudi Arabia also participates in a U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.
A terrifying array of rival superpowers are wading into the chaotic conflict on opposing sides.
Analysts now fear the bloodbath – already longer than World War One – is mutating into a full-scale regional war.
Saudi Arabia has threatened to send in ground troops and intelligence reports suggest Turkey is preparing to invade.
Ukraine is also weighing up sending in soldiers.
If their forces clashed with Russians or Iranians already on the ground, NATO – including Britain – could be dragged into an apocalyptic World War 3.