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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:15 AM

U.S.' Panetta signs order to send Patriot missiles to Turkey -reports

Source: Reuters

U.S.' Panetta signs order to send Patriot missiles to Turkey -reports
Fri, 14 Dec 2012 06:11 GMT
Source: reuters // Reuters

Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has signed orders to send Patriot missiles and 400 military personnel to Turkey to defend against rocket attacks from Syria, news media reported early Friday.

A total of six Patriot missile batteries will be sent to Turkey -- two from the United States, two from Germany and two from the Netherlands, the New York Times reported. All six batteries will be under NATO's command, the newspaper said, and all six are scheduled to be operational by the end of January.

The 20-month-old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has turned increasingly bloody and heavy fighting has often erupted along Syria's northern border with Turkey, which is supporting the Syrian opposition.

The Patriot system is designed to intercept aircraft or missiles. Turkey has asked NATO to deploy Patriot missiles to shore up its 900-km (560-mile) border, where it fears security may crumble as the Syrian army fights harder to contain the rebels - who have enjoyed sanctuary in Turkey. (Reporting by Lisa Shumaker; editing by Todd Eastham)


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 08:54 AM

1. Turkey is in league

 

with the opposition trying to overthrow the Syrian government. so we are sending them patriot missiles for their protection. Where am I missing something here? Turkey has an army and put themselves in that position. This is crazy.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:29 AM

2. Not a good idea.

"All six batteries will be under NATO's command, the newspaper said, and all six are scheduled to be operational by the end of January."

For how long? Is this to be a permanent installation? And what does NATO command mean? Does that mean we are giving them to the Turkish army? Turkey is part of NATO, isn't it?

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/nato_countries.htm

Are other NATO troops going into Turkey to man these missiles?

Are our troops going there?

No criticism of the OP, but what are the details in this story? That's where the devil is likely to be. I don't trust the current Turkish government.

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