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HERE WE GO.....Nato is set to approve the deployment of Patriot missile interceptors to defend Turkey's border with Syria.

 
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HERE WE GO.....Nato is set to approve the deployment of Patriot missile interceptors to defend Turkey's border with Syria.
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Ankara's request for Nato to deploy the anti-missile batteries came after intelligence assessments that Damascus was contemplating using ballistic missiles, potentially armed with chemical warheads, reports say.
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BRUSSELS — NATO’s plan to buttress Turkey against potential attack from Syria calls for deploying US, German, and Dutch Patriot missile-defense batteries under the operational control of the alliance’s military command, Western officials said Monday.

The plan, which is expected to be endorsed by NATO’s foreign ministers when they meet in Brussels on Tuesday, would be the most direct action in the Syrian conflict yet by an alliance that has remained cautious about intervention there.

The move has been given added impetus by reports in recent days of increased activity at some of Syria’s chemical weapons sites, officials said. For months, Turkey has expressed growing concerns about the potential of missile attacks from Syria as relations between the two countries have worsened, and last month it requested the deployment of Patriot batteries.

A senior NATO official said the political strategy was for the alliance to declare its support for Turkey’s request for help in strengthening its air defenses, and to welcome the intention of the three allied nations that have Patriot missile batteries to deploy the systems in Turkey.
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Patriot Missiles On Turkey-Syria Border Will Be "purely Defensive": NATO Chief

12/4/2012 12:13 PM ET
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has made it clear that a possible deployment of Patriot missiles along Turkey's border with Syria will be "purely defensive in nature", and that "it will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation."

This was stated by the NATO chief after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) in Brussels on Tuesday, which discussed Turkey's request for NATO to augment its air-defense capabilities, to help defend the population and territory of Turkey, and to help de-escalate the crisis along NATO's border.

"In the spirit of transparency, I called Minister Lavrov almost two weeks ago to raise this issue. In the same spirit, I have just told him that I expect NATO to announce its decision today," the Secretary General told reporters. "NATO's position is clear: any deployment will be to protect Turkey. It will be purely defensive in nature. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation. It is a clear signal of NATO solidarity," he underlined.

Earlier, speaking ahead of a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday, Rasmussen said the Allies stand in full solidarity with Turkey and will show their determination to defend their Ally and deter any threats.
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The United States, Germany and Netherlands, which all have Patriot capabilities, have signaled they may be willing to contribute missiles should NATO approve the deployment to Turkey.
Rasmussen said he expects NATO ministers to make a decision "to enhance Turkey's air defenses" and expects those three nations to deploy the missiles. He said the "actual deployment will take place within weeks."
The secretary-general stressed that a deployment would be "purely defensive" and that NATO has "no intention to prepare offensive operations."
The deployment would be an "effective deterrent" and de-escalate tensions along the border, he said.
Such a deployment would compel "any potential aggressor to think twice before they even consider attacking Turkey."
A Russian official, speaking with CNN on background, claimed the Patriot systems are more symbolic than militarily necessary. Russia has been a friend of the Syrian government over the years and has blocked tough action against the al-Assad government in the U.N. Security Council.
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Syrian army would not fire at Turkey, so I would reckon this patriot system is to protect Syrian rebels close to Turkey's border.
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It's defense only so...

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