(Image Source: Washington Post)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

U.S. troops arrived in Turkey Friday to man Patriot missile defense systems near the Syrian border. Fox News has the details.

“A group of 27 U.S. troops touched down overnight. It’s all part of an ongoing NATO mission to defend against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.”  

According to CNN, Turkey reached out to NATO for military assistance after the Syrian regime began launching scud missiles at cities near the Turkish border last December.

“In response, the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands deployed Patriot air defense missiles to the border region to intercept any Syrian ballistic missiles. The missiles and troops will be under the overall control of NATO, but the missiles will be operated by U.S. forces.” 

The Washington Post reports the U.S. could deploy up to 400 troops to operate patriot defense systems, but that American units will be conducting a purely defensive mission in the area. 

In the meantime, Al Jazeera reports fighting between Syrian rebels and Al-Assad’s forces continues to rage on Friday.

“The Syrian army also reports there is shelling in areas across the country, the footage here is believed to show an attack on Douma.” 

The United Nations announced Wednesday that the death toll in Syria has now exceeded 60,000 — 15,000 more than was previously thought to be the total. 

U.S. Troops in Turkey Near Syrian Border

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Jan 4, 2013

U.S. Troops in Turkey Near Syrian Border

 

(Image Source: Washington Post)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

U.S. troops arrived in Turkey Friday to man Patriot missile defense systems near the Syrian border. Fox News has the details.

“A group of 27 U.S. troops touched down overnight. It’s all part of an ongoing NATO mission to defend against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.”  

According to CNN, Turkey reached out to NATO for military assistance after the Syrian regime began launching scud missiles at cities near the Turkish border last December.

“In response, the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands deployed Patriot air defense missiles to the border region to intercept any Syrian ballistic missiles. The missiles and troops will be under the overall control of NATO, but the missiles will be operated by U.S. forces.” 

The Washington Post reports the U.S. could deploy up to 400 troops to operate patriot defense systems, but that American units will be conducting a purely defensive mission in the area. 

In the meantime, Al Jazeera reports fighting between Syrian rebels and Al-Assad’s forces continues to rage on Friday.

“The Syrian army also reports there is shelling in areas across the country, the footage here is believed to show an attack on Douma.” 

The United Nations announced Wednesday that the death toll in Syria has now exceeded 60,000 — 15,000 more than was previously thought to be the total. 

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