NATO: Turkey asked for missile defense against Syria

BRUSSELS - Turkey has asked NATO to deploy Patriot missiles on its territory, the alliance said on Wednesday, to help it defend itself against any Syrian attacks.
"Such a deployment would augment Turkey's air defense capabilities to defend the population and territory of Turkey," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement. "It would contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along NATO's south-eastern border."
Rasmussen said the alliance would discuss the request "without delay".
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