Patriot Missile Parts Arrive in Turkey, Ambassador Says

Components of Patriot missiles began arriving in Turkey today, part of a NATO effort to defend the country against hostile action by the regime in neighboring Syria, according to Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. Namik Tan.

“Some parts have started coming as of this morning,” Tan said today at a breakfast with reporters in Washington. He said it isn’t yet clear when the batteries will become operational. Turkey is consulting with visiting delegations from other countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as to where the missiles will be placed, Tan said.

Asked if the missiles could be used to establish a no-fly zone to provide rebels with air cover for operations, or whether they could be used offensively, Tan said “These Patriots are defensive, there is no offensive target.”

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