The U.S., Netherlands and Germany will each deploy two Patriot batteries in the next few weeks, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said in a statement in Brussels today.
The mission’s purpose is “to deter any threats to Turkey, to defend Turkey’s population and territory and to de-escalate the crisis on NATO’s southeastern border,” according to the statement.
NATO agreed on Dec. 4 to deploy the defensive missiles along the 900-kilometer (560-mile) frontier after forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attacked rebel targets near the border.
U.S. missiles will be based at Gaziantep, Dutch missiles at Adana and German missiles at Kahramanmaras, NATO said.
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