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Turkey to request Nato missile defence on Syria border

Published on Nov 8, 2012 6:36 AM

ANKARA (REUTERS) - Turkey is to make an imminent official request to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) to station Patriot missiles along its border with Syria, a senior Turkish foreign ministry official said on Wednesday.

Nato-member Turkey has already bolstered its own military presence along the 910km border and has been responding in kind to gunfire and mortar shells hitting its territory from fighting between Syrian rebels and Syrian government forces.

"Concerning this topic (Patriot missiles), an imminent official request is to be made," the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The official said there was a potential missile threat to Turkey from Syria and that Turkey had a right to take steps to counter such a threat. He gave no further details.

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