US Set to Send Patriot Missiles to Turkey

World | December 14, 2012, Friday // 11:16|  views

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Photo by EPA/BGNES

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has signed the order to send two US Patriot missile batteries to Turkey.

The deployment is part of a NATO effort to help build a shield to protect Turkey from chemical weapons attacks or incoming missiles of any type from its neighbor, Syria, CBS News has clarified.

Leon Panetta has told CBS News that intelligence has indicated Syrian forces may have started assembling weapons for the use of Sarin gas.

According to the New York Times, a total of six Patriot missile batteries will be sent to Turkey, two from the United States, two from Germany and two from the Netherlands.  All six are scheduled to be operational by the end of January.

Last week, NATO approved Turkey's request for Patriot missiles to defend its border against Syria following a series of blunt warnings to Damascus not to use chemical weapons.

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Tags: turkey, Syria, Germany, NATO, refugees, patriot missiles, Netherlands, USA, US, Turkish-Syrian border, Bashar Al-Assad, Leon Panetta


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