Turkey asks NATO to extend Patriot deployment near Syria border

By REUTERS
November 13, 2013 16:19




ANKARA - Turkey has asked NATO to extend the deployment of Patriot missile batteries sent to defend the country from a possible attack from Syria because the threat remains, a foreign ministry official said on Wednesday.

Turkey sent its request to NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and it will be reviewed by Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, which each sent two Patriot missile batteries after Ankara asked for NATO's help in beefing up security along its border with Syria.

The six missile batteries were deployed in early 2013 for one year in three southern Turkish provinces near the border.

The Turkish official told Reuters he expected Turkey's allies to approve the request.


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