Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told media that Saudi Arabia and Turkey may launch attacks on Islamic State militants in Syria. On Saturday, Cavusoglu said Saudi officials had done a reconnaissance at the Turkish base in Incirlik and will send planes to fight the terrorist group that has taken over large parts of Syria.

AFP reported that Incirlik is the main base where anti-IS operations work out of. Planes from the United Kingdom, France and United States operate from Incirlik, carrying out air strikes against militants in Syria. Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia had declared its determination to fight the terrorists in Syria, and that it would send planes and troops. He added that if Turkey and Saudi could plan a strategy, they would soon launch operations against IS. His statements come days before a temporary ceasefire is due to come into place in Syria.

Last week, Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem had warned against outside troops entering the country without the government’s permission. He said that foreign troops launching operations within the country would be sent home “in coffins”.