• In this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, Saudi security forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s offer to put boots on the ground to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from Mideast allies. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)

    Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East.

  • A Syrian man gestures as Syrians gather at the border gate with Turkey, in Bab al-Salam, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Thousands of Syrians have rushed toward the Turkish border, fleeing fierce Syrian government offensives and intense Russian airstrikes. Turkey has promised humanitarian help for the displaced civilians, including food and shelter, but it did not say whether it would let them cross into the country. (AP Photo/Bunyamin Aygun) TURKEY OUT

    Syria says any foreign troops would return ‘in coffins’

    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey came under mounting pressure to open its border Saturday as tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government onslaught sought entry and the European Union called on Ankara to grant them refuge.