US general: Missile defence on track

2012-02-26 20:09

Podgorica - The US army's commander in Europe says American forces are now manning a new radar defence site in Turkey that could help defend Europe from a potential Iranian ballistic missile attack.

Lieutenand General Mark Hertling told The Associated Press that "we have the forces in place ... at a radar site in southern Turkey".

The radar is a key element in a planned ballistic missile defence system that also would put other land- and sea-based radars and anti-missile interceptors in several European locations over the next decade.

Tensions between the West and Iran have risen in recent months over Tehran's nuclear programme.

The US says the missile defence shield it plans to build in Europe is designed to counter the Iranian missile threat.

"I think we are well on track to conduct missile defence," Hertling said.

  • Fred - 2012-02-27 06:51

    This is important. Protection for Turkey from the delusional, chauvinistic extremists of the Iranian regime. Th enet is closing in. Soon Iranians can step into greater freedom.

      Matthew Nowicki - 2012-02-27 12:08

      You are highly delusional if you think bombing iran will save the population at the same time. Have you ever visited Iran. Do you even know anything about the country besides what you've heard from right wing radicals? We are being pushed into WW3 while people like you cheer them on, once again, pathetic.

      Fred - 2012-02-27 14:22

      MAtthew, this article is about a missile DEFENSE system designed to protect Turkey, a country of 73 million MUslims, from attacks BY THE IRANIAN REGIME. It's not about bombing Iran.

  • Oso - 2012-02-27 07:09

    It's not Iran i'm worried about. I'm more worried about Russia and China going berserk when the U.S. steps in to steal the oil again.

      Fred - 2012-02-27 08:10


  • malibho - 2012-02-27 08:34

    The US should first try and find the WMD's in Iraq before they worry about Iran. Oh wait. There are no WMD's in Iraq.

      Jaba - 2012-02-27 08:52

      The USA did not attack Iraq only because of WMD - fact is the West already knew that Israel bombed Iraq in 1982 when they were trying to build the "Bomb". What ever WMD’s they may have had though was not the reason for war - it was just an added excuse. Iraq did have long range missiles but no dirty bomb. Iraq attacked the free and sovereign nation of Kuwait in 1991 in case you have forgotten. The Arab world called on the United States and the West to come help - and help they did! When Iraq threatened the Gulf States for a second time which included harbouring terrorist after 9/11, there was not much the US could do but get rid of Saddam. The Iraqi people are very happy to be free of Sadam - they are not totally on the right road but they will eventually get there. The WMD story is getting old now - so the US miscalculated... so what? The Iraqi people are free (especially the millions of Kurds) and the Gulf States are breathing a sigh of relief because the war monger of the Middle East (Sadam) is gone. Malibho you have a very short memory if all you remember is the WMD's!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-02-27 09:33

      Unfortunately Meudes you can't ask the untold numbers Saddam executed .

      Fred - 2012-02-27 16:06

      It's important to have in mind that Muedes loves darkness, hate and evil. Just look at his photo.

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