Missile Deployment: NATO Enters Syrian Conflict
Xinhua News Agency
December 6, 2012
Turkey sees NATO missiles deployment warning to Damascus, backers
ANKARA: NATO’s decision to approve the deployment of advanced surface-to-air missile batteries in Turkey turns the 28-member military alliance into a participant in the ongoing Syrian crisis.
“As of Tuesday, NATO has become engaged in the Syrian crisis, making crystal clear that (it) will defend its member, Turkey, in case of any attacks originating from Syria,” Mehmet Seyfettin Erol, head of Ankara’s International Strategic and Security Research Center (USGAM) told Xinhua over the phone.
“Indirectly, the decision of NATO to send missile batteries to Turkey is a message intended to convey to regional and international backers of the embattled president Bashar al-Assad regime as well,” Erol said, stressing that these countries that traditionally support Syria may have to think twice now before making a move.
On Tuesday, NATO approved stationing Patriot surface-to-air missiles in Turkey…
Cross-border attacks have been frequent in Turkish-Syrian border as Syria’s government forces continue to battle with the rebels…