Clinton sees NATO deal on Turkey Patriot missiles

By REUTERS
December 3, 2012 09:47

PRAGUE - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hopes NATO allies will reach a deal this week on stationing Patriot missiles in Turkey to defend against possible Syrian attacks, senior US officials said.

The 28 NATO allies meet in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Turkey, which has made a formal request to NATO to help it bolster its air defenses, is a big supporter of rebels fighting to oust Syria's President Bashar Assad.

It has repeatedly scrambled jets along the countries' joint border and responded in kind when shells from the conflict have landed inside Turkey, underlining fears Syria's 20-month-old revolt could spread to destabilize the region.


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