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Minister: US sanctions crippling growth of national airline

Damascus - U.S. sanctions on Damascus have crippled the development of national carrier Syrian Arab Airlines, and it has had to cancel orders for new Airbus planes, Transport Minister Yaarob Badr said Tuesday.Syria can't place orders for new planes "because of the U.S. sanctions" which Washington imposed in 2004, Badr was quoted as saying in the official Al-Baath newspaper.