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NATO Patriot missiles deployed in Turkey


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A Patriot missile battery sits on an overlook at a Turkish army base at Gaziantep, Turkey, Feb. 4, 2013. US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter visited the base, where US forces helped install batteries to deter potential incursions by Syrian forces as Syria continues a two-year civil war. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett.

An Al Jazeera report on the deployment:

In December, NATO announced its decision to position Patriot anti-missile systems near Turkey's southern border to defend against the threat of cross-border attacks, bringing the US and its allies closer to the civil war raging between Syrian opposition fighters and President Bashar Assad's regime.

Turkey, a NATO member, requested the missiles to boost its air defences.

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