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Saudi Arabia

Syria and Iran warn Saudis against sending troops, who would 'return in wooden boxes'

Syrian officials and their Iranian allies on Saturday warned Saudi Arabia to drop any plans to send troops in support of retreating Syrian rebels facing a potentially shattering defeat in the northern province of Aleppo.

At a news conference in Damascus, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem declared that any foreign forces intervening against the government would not come out alive.

"Those who launch an aggression against Syria will return in wooden boxes, be they Saudis or Turks or anyone," Moallem told reporters.

The fast-deteriorating state of Syrian rebel forces in the north has led to speculation that Saudi Arabia and its ally, Turkey, might boost aid...