Syria’s Assad slams Turkey offensive as ‘support for terrorism’

In this file photo, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP news agency in Damascus, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on April 13, 2017. (SANA via REUTERS)
Updated 22 January 2018
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Syria’s Assad slams Turkey offensive as ‘support for terrorism’

DAMASCUS: President Bashar Assad on Sunday condemned Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish militia in the northern Syrian region of Afrin, saying it was part of Ankara’s support for extremist groups.
Turkey and allied Syrian rebels entered the Afrin region on Sunday, a day after launching their offensive against the Kurdish-controlled area.
“The brutal Turkish aggression on the Syrian town of Afrin cannot be separated from the Turkish regime’s policy from the first day of Syria’s crisis, which was essentially built on supporting terrorism and terrorist organizations, whatever their names,” Assad said in statements carried by state news agency SANA.
Since Syria’s conflict broke out in 2011, the government has repeatedly slammed Ankara for its support of rebels, accusing it of funding jihadist factions.
As Turkish threats of a potential attack escalated last week, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad warned that Syria could shoot down Turkish warplanes used in an assault.
But the Damascus regime has also previously taken a hard line against the Kurdish authorities, which have implemented semi-autonomous institutions across parts of northern Syria, including Afrin.
On Saturday, a foreign ministry official denied claims by Turkish authorities that it had been informed of the Afrin offensive and called the attack “the latest move in Turkey’s attacks on Syria’s sovereignty.”


Kuwait Airways aircraft nose gets damaged while landing in Beirut airport 

Updated 22 April 2019
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Kuwait Airways aircraft nose gets damaged while landing in Beirut airport 

  • Airbus A320 landed “safely and normally” at Rafik Al-Hariri’s International Airport
  • The aircraft’s rounded nose cone had hit “a chunk of ice”

JEDDAH: The nose of a Kuwait Airways aircraft was damaged during a snow-related aircraft mishap while landing at Beirut’s airport on Sunday. 

A statement on the state-run Kuwait News Agency said the Airbus A320 landed “safely and normally” at Rafik Al-Hariri’s International Airport after the aircraft’s rounded nose cone had hit “a chunk of ice”. 

The plane was being fixed by technical staff on the ground and is expected to return to Kuwait around 7p.m. local time Sunday, the statement added.