An aerial image shows what it says is a column of heavy trucks carrying ammunition hit by a Russian air strike near Aleppo, Feb. 1, 2016. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)
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With rebel forces facing the prospect of a crushing defeat by Syria's Russian-backed regime, their allies Saudi Arabia and Turkey may send in limited numbers of ground troops, analysts say.Krieg said the "moderate" opposition is in danger of being routed if Aleppo falls to the regime, whose forces have closed in on Syria's second city, backed by intense Russian airstrikes.Russia, which along with Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran is a major Assad ally, has meanwhile accused Turkey of "preparations for an armed invasion" of Syria.The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard mockingly said Saudi Arabia wouldn't dare send ground troops, and that any such intervention would be suicidal.Turkey and Saudi Arabia already belong to a U.S.-led coalition which officially has 65 members. It has been bombing Daesh in Syria and Iraq, as well as training local forces to fight the extremists.The United Arab Emirates said Sunday it was ready to send ground troops to fight Daesh as part of the U.S.-led coalition.
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