UAE troops to participate in Pakistan Day parade

In this file photo, Pakistani Navy helicopters fly past during a Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 20 March 2018

UAE troops to participate in Pakistan Day parade

ISLAMABAD: An Emirati military contingent will for the first time participate in Pakistan Day on March 23.
The military parade marks the passing of a resolution in 1940 for a nation for Muslims separate from India.
Emirati participation “shows the strengthening ties between the UAE and Pakistan,” analyst Qamar Cheema told Arab News.
Last year, Saudi troops took part in Pakistan Day for the first time.
On Monday, the UAE’s ambassador to Pakistan, Hamad Obaid Al-Zaabi, met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Themeena Janjua and discussed bilateral cooperation.


Damascus angered by Turkish army convoy heading for key Syria town

Updated 19 August 2019

Damascus angered by Turkish army convoy heading for key Syria town

  • Dozens from both sides have been killed in the latest fighting
  • Syrian and Russian airstrikes aimed at hindering the convoy’s advance through Idlib province

DAMASCUS: Damascus on Monday condemned the deployment of a Turkish military convoy toward a key town in northwestern Syria where regime forces are waging fierce battles with militants and rebels.
“Turkish vehicles loaded with munitions... are heading toward Khan Sheikhun to help the terrorists... which confirms once again the support provided by the Turkish regime to terrorist groups,” a foreign ministry source quoted by the state news agency SANA said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, reported Syrian and Russian airstrikes aimed at hindering the convoy’s advance through Idlib province.
The Idlib region is supposed to be protected from a massive regime offensive by a buffer zone deal signed between government ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey in September.
But it was never fully implemented, as militants refused to withdraw from the planned demilitarized zone.
On Sunday pro-regime forces entered Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province for the first time since they lost control of it in 2014.
They are battling to seize a key highway connecting government-held Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, which the regime retook from rebels in December 2016.
Dozens from both sides have been killed in the latest fighting.
Militant group Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, controls most of Idlib province as well as parts of the neighboring provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia.