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Nato begins deploying Patriot missiles in Turkey

Published on Jan 5, 2013 6:35 AM
 
A Syrian girl rides her bicycle in an almost deserted street in the Teshrin neighborhood of the Qabun area in Damascus on Jan 3, 2013. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) began deploying Patriot missiles in Turkey on Friday to defend against threats from neighbouring Syria, the US military's European Command (Eucom) said. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) began deploying Patriot missiles in Turkey on Friday to defend against threats from neighbouring Syria, the US military's European Command (Eucom) said.

United States (US) military personnel and equipment arrived at Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey to support Nato's Patriot battery deployment at Ankara's request, Eucom, based in the southwestern German city of Stuttgart, said in a statement.

The US will transport some 400 troops to Turkey in the next several days to operate two Patriot batteries supporting Nato's mission there.

Additional equipment will arrive by sea later in January.

 
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