News / Middle East

Assad Accuses Turkey of Contributing to Bloodshed in Syria

Young demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Al Kasten, near Idlib,June 29, 2012.Young demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Al Kasten, near Idlib,June 29, 2012.
x
Young demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Al Kasten, near Idlib,June 29, 2012.
Young demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Al Kasten, near Idlib,June 29, 2012.
VOA News
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused neighboring Turkey of supporting "terrorists" and contributing to the bloodshed in Syria.

The Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet quoted Assad as saying Turkey gave logistical support and had a desire to interfere in Syria's internal affairs.

In the remarks published Wednesday, Assad also accused Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of pursuing a sectarian agenda.  Both Turkey and Syria are majority Sunni-Muslim countries, but Assad and much of his ruling party are from the minority Alawite sect, an off-shoot of Shi'ite Islam.

The newspaper on Tuesday published the first part of its interview with Assad, in which he said he regrets that his force shot down a Turkish military jet last month.  He insisted the plane was flying in Syrian airspace that had been used by Israeli planes three times.

Turkey says the jet entered Syrian airspace by mistake and had flown back to international airspace before Syria shot it down on June 22.

You May Like

Lion Cecil's Killing Sparks 'Canned Hunting' Debate in S. Africa

Conservationists believe incident, which triggered worldwide outrage, will reshape debate about practice in which hunters are allowed to target animals bred for hunting More

US Urges Taliban to Stay With Afghan Peace Talks

Top US Afghan diplomat also meets with Pakistani, Afghan officials following news of Mullah Omar's death More

Environmentalists Issue Warning on Mekong Biodiversity

Scientists say decades of economic development, hydropower-dam construction, lax law enforcement and trafficking have taken their toll More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Anonymous
July 05, 2012 8:51 PM
When you dump several thousand of terrorized men women and children who lost homes due to indiscriminent shelling you can expect not only Turkey but the world to help. Cry the blues Assad, from what you've done to your own people, you are lucky the victims families or the FSA haven't already killed you.

by: Anonymous
July 05, 2012 8:26 PM
Blame it on anyone but yourself Assad, you always do that, and YOU are the prime reason this whole mess began and YOU are the one guilty of genocide. It is YOU that should be hung in front of the world for killing innocent men, women and children. YOU can't blame anyone but yourself. I look forward to the FSA capturing you, that will be a great day for all, except you...

by: John Vesikar from: Australia
July 04, 2012 6:55 PM
Syria supported the PKK for years. Payback time. Well done Turkey.
In Response

by: John Vesikar from: Australian
July 05, 2012 5:39 PM
Dear Asphalentrus.

See the response from "Martin" to answer your question about "what other country".

I'm an independant opinionated political observer being an Australian of Indian origin. Being Hindu, I find your comments very disturbing and racist against all Muslims. As for the "ugly empty headed" I am cannot rationally figure that one out. How can a country like Turkey go from 47th highest GDP in the world to 16th within 50 years and without any oil or other forms of easy money. You guessed it by mostly having something in that head. I hope you can keep your comments in future to a political nature and stop the racism/stereotyping which mostly comes about by the fear of the unknown. But knowing your type, who can't control their rage, now you'll hate India too because of me and state some stereotype that puts us all in a single pigeon hole. Next will be of course Australia.
In Response

by: Asphalentrus from: Greece
July 05, 2012 5:45 AM
Turkey... what other nation calls itself after a particularly ugly type of chicken...??? ugly empty headed nation of Muslimes... Yeah, we should trust them Turkies... what a joke

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
July 04, 2012 10:18 AM
Now we can see that the thought that it was Israel's jet came only as a reprisal attack because Israel appeared to say time is up for Assad. What he really meant to do was give it back to Turkey straight in the face, 'It's a sectarian espionage, Turkey'. If Israel has been there 3 times and you shoot Turkey down in its first attempt, how true can your thinking it was Israel jet be? I can see the hand of Tehran to maintain a hold in the middle east, for that sounds like the voice of Ahmadinejad even though it's the hand of Assad we see.
In Response

by: Africa in Christ from: Africa
July 04, 2012 11:16 AM
excellent comment...!!!! Nigeria, you are on the intellectual map... AND you know your Bible... - The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau

by: melvin polatnick from: USA
July 04, 2012 7:54 AM
Spanking is not only reserved for a bad child it is being used to punish adults that disrespect authority. Spankers prefer an electric cable; they are easily available and do a better job than an ordinary whip. Spankers are not interested in obtaining a confession but only in handing out punishment. Prisons are being replaced because of its high costs; frequent spankings are the best way of punishing disobedience.

by: Cephalonya from: Greece
July 04, 2012 6:59 AM
hey Assad, that what comes of trust in Muslime nations... especially Turkey...
In Response

by: Martin from: Australia
July 04, 2012 8:19 PM
And Greece for anyone who has Google Chrome can see that it is the most anti-Western nation in Europe. Their media sides with Assad and they do not want the USA to use the American military base in Souda because it will be used against their big brother the Russians.

Tell your paid stooges to get out of congress and come back to Greece and let the USA once again shine as the beacon of democracy.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missionsi
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X
George Putic
July 30, 2015 8:59 PM
Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Astronauts Train Underwater for Deep Space Missions

Manned deep space missions are still a long way off, but space agencies are already testing procedures, equipment and human stamina for operations in extreme environment conditions. Small groups of astronauts take turns in spending days in an underwater lab, off Florida’s southern coast, simulating future missions to some remote world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Civil Rights Leaders Struggled to Achieve Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, lawmakers approved, and U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed, the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure outlawed racial discrimination in voting, giving millions of blacks in many parts of the southern United States federal enforcement of the right to vote. Correspondent Chris Simkins introduces us to some civil rights leaders who were on the front lines in the struggle for voting rights.
Video

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
Video

Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Artificial limbs, including the most complex of them – the human hand – are getting more life-like and useful due to constant advances in tiny hydraulic, pneumatic and electric motors called actuators. But now, as VOA’s George Putic reports, scientists in Germany say the future of the prosthetic hand may lie not in motors but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape.
Video

Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video 'Positive Atmosphere' Points Toward TPP Trade Deal in Hawaii

Talks on a major new trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations are said to be nearing completion in Hawaii. Some trade experts say the "positive atmosphere" at the discussions could mean a deal is within reach, but there is still hard bargaining to be done over many issues and products, including U.S. drugs and Japanese rice. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
Video

Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
Video

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
Video

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
Video

Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.
Video

Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
Video

Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.

VOA Blogs