Nato to send Patriot missiles to Turkey

2012-12-04 20:45

Brussels - Nato gave the go-ahead on Tuesday to stationing Patriot surface-to-air missiles in Turkey to protect the country from any spillover of the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

"In response to Turkey's request, Nato has decided to augment Turkey's air defence capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey," Nato foreign ministers said in a statement.

Russia, Syria and Iran have criticised Turkey's request to the alliance to send the Patriots which can be used to intercept missiles.

Turkey asked Nato for the missiles in November after weeks of talks with allies about how to shore up security on its 900km border.

It has repeatedly scrambled fighter jets along the frontier and responded in kind to stray Syrian shells flying into its territory.

A major player in supporting Syria's opposition and planning for the post-conflict era, Turkey is worried about Syria's chemical weapons, the refugee crisis along its border, and what it says is Syrian support for Kurdish militants on its own soil.

Turkey made similar calls for military support during the two Gulf Wars, when Nato deployed surface-to-air missiles on its soil in 1991 and 2003.

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-04 20:52

    Patrick, you clearly like seeing the deaths of Muslims, as evidenced by your support of Assad, this must make your day.

  • Yosi Sesoana - 2012-12-05 06:02

    going around the globe killing muslims,nato

      DBBurstein - 2012-12-05 07:25

      Ummm, the majority of Turks are Muslim - so in this case it's technically Muslims asking Nato for assistance in defending themselves against other Muslims. That said, the issue isn't one of religion, rather political instability along the Turkish/Syrian border.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-05 13:55

      Yosi, the vast majority of Muslims killed around the world are by other Muslims, or do you blame the west for that too?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-05 07:36

    If only the really good duys in the Middle East would wear red arbands or something to identify them. After all only a couple of hundred or less would be needed!!!!!!

  • boaz.yarmarkov - 2012-12-05 08:00

    The Patriot missiles system is old an ineffective. It was used in 1991 in the gulf war and failed miserably in bringing down Iraqi missiles that were fired at Israel and Kuwait. The new Iron Dome system is the best system in the world and that is the only system that should be used to protect Turkish citizens from Assad’s supposed ‘chemical weapons’. There is a new system that is far better then the ‘Iron Dome’, it’s called the ‘Magic Wand’, they have just finished its testing round, but unfortunately its still very expensive to use. Turkey should get the best anti-missile system available as it is part of Europe - the Patriot missiles system is not sufficient in our day and age. May this war in Syria end soon – I pray we see no more need for missile-defence-systems anywhere in the world in the future.

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-12-05 08:58

    Why the Turks cannot be honest and tell that they are pissed off with the endless stream of refugees causing disorder at the places of their temporary settlements? On the other hand they want to be a good barking doggie for their big overseas master,never mind that the Kurdish wannabe state also worries them a bit. Where are the good old days of the Ottoman Empire, hey, mr. Erdogan?

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