Saudi's air force has targeted ISIL with air strikes since the campaign began in
"Today, the Saudi kingdom announced its readiness to participate with ground troops with the US-led coalition against ISIL, because we now have the experience in Yemen," Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told Al Jazeera.
"We know that air strikes cannot be enough and that a ground operation is needed. We need to combine both to achieve better results on the ground."
Asseri didn't elaborate on how many soldiers the kingdom could send.
The Saudi offer is expected to be discussed when the
Lawrence Korb, a former
He noted it may also signal to
"The fact that you will have Saudi troops on the ground fighting with the rebels against the government is a very significant escalation, and hopefully will get the Russians to these peace talks, rather than thinking they can create a mini-Alawite state in Syria," Korb told Al Jazeera.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter welcomed the Saudi offer to participate in ground operations in Syria.
Carter said increased activity by other countries would make it easier for the United States to accelerate its fight against ISIL.
"That kind of news is very welcome," he told reporters on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia is deeply involved in neighbouring Yemen's civil war, where it is fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels both on the ground and from the air.
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have long viewed Iran as a regional menace, and Riyadh and Tehran back opposite sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen.
Source: Al Jazeera