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BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

The Pentagon announced Friday the U.S. is sending two Patriot missile defense systems to Turkey in order to help defend it against a possible rocket strike from Syria. CNN has more.

“This move was expected as the civil war in Syria destabilizes the Assad regime. In addition, 400 U.S. troops will be deployed to operate the missile batteries.” 

According to Bloomberg, “The Patriot batteries, capable of shooting down enemy missiles, will remain in Turkey for an unspecified period of time … ” U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed the order permitting their deployment on Friday.

The New York Times reports Turkey will also get an additional four missile defense systems — two from the Netherlands, and two from Germany, at around the same time.

“All six batteries will be under NATO’s command and control, scheduled to be operational by the end of January … Turkey, which has been supporting the Syrian opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, has been worried it is vulnerable to Syrian missiles, including Scuds that might be tipped with chemical weapons.”  

A defense correspondent for the BBC says the move is a display of solidarity from the U.S. and the other NATO allies.

“Turkey asked NATO, if you remember, to deploy these weapons. It has been concerned about the fighting spilling across it’s own border. Shells, mortar fire, has come across the border from Syria and into Turkey.”  

Panetta told troops in Turkey, the Patriot batteries would be crucial to safety of the entire region, as U.S. officials fear the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad may use its chemical weapons stockpile to stop the growing rebel threat.

“U.S. intelligence recently showed that the Assad regime had ‘moved to begin to arm weapons that would involve the use of chemical and biological materials,’ Mr. Panetta told troops.” 

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the move by the U.S. and NATO, stating it only further escalates the tension in the region. 

Patriot Missiles, U.S. Troops Headed to Turkey

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Dec 14, 2012

Patriot Missiles, U.S. Troops Headed to Turkey

 

(Image Source: NPR)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

The Pentagon announced Friday the U.S. is sending two Patriot missile defense systems to Turkey in order to help defend it against a possible rocket strike from Syria. CNN has more.

“This move was expected as the civil war in Syria destabilizes the Assad regime. In addition, 400 U.S. troops will be deployed to operate the missile batteries.” 

According to Bloomberg, “The Patriot batteries, capable of shooting down enemy missiles, will remain in Turkey for an unspecified period of time … ” U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed the order permitting their deployment on Friday.

The New York Times reports Turkey will also get an additional four missile defense systems — two from the Netherlands, and two from Germany, at around the same time.

“All six batteries will be under NATO’s command and control, scheduled to be operational by the end of January … Turkey, which has been supporting the Syrian opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, has been worried it is vulnerable to Syrian missiles, including Scuds that might be tipped with chemical weapons.”  

A defense correspondent for the BBC says the move is a display of solidarity from the U.S. and the other NATO allies.

“Turkey asked NATO, if you remember, to deploy these weapons. It has been concerned about the fighting spilling across it’s own border. Shells, mortar fire, has come across the border from Syria and into Turkey.”  

Panetta told troops in Turkey, the Patriot batteries would be crucial to safety of the entire region, as U.S. officials fear the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad may use its chemical weapons stockpile to stop the growing rebel threat.

“U.S. intelligence recently showed that the Assad regime had ‘moved to begin to arm weapons that would involve the use of chemical and biological materials,’ Mr. Panetta told troops.” 

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the move by the U.S. and NATO, stating it only further escalates the tension in the region. 

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