NATO Missiles To Be Deployed To Turkey In Days
Hurriyet Daily News
December 22, 2012
Patriots to be in Turkey by the end of 2012
ISTANBUL: Patriot missiles will be deployed in Turkey at the end of December, NATO announced in a written statement according to private broadcaster NTV.
They will be reportedly deployed in the Mediterranean provinces of Kahramanmaraş and Adana and in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.
The total number of batteries to deploy were determined as six.
The Patriots are expected to be ready to use from the second half of January.
December 23, 2012
NATO announces Turkish locations for Patriots
İSTANBUL: Three NATO allies who have agreed to provide Patriot missiles to augment Turkey’s air defenses – Germany, the Netherlands and the United States – have agreed on the locations where the batteries will be deployed, the alliance said on Friday.
“Germany will deploy its batteries to Kahramanmaraş, the Netherlands will deploy its batteries to Adana, and the United States will deploy its batteries to Gaziantep,” a NATO spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday.
The locations were “decided jointly with Turkey as the host nation and in close coordination with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe,” NATO said.
Turkey asked NATO for the Patriot system, designed to intercept aircraft or missiles, in November to help bolster its border security after repeated episodes of gunfire and shelling from Syria spilling into Turkish territory.
NATO agreed to send Patriots to Turkey with Germany, the Netherlands and the United States having offered to provide two Patriot batteries each.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday that the Syrian military had fired more Scud-type missiles inside the country, justifying NATO’s decision to dispatch Patriot anti-missile systems to NATO ally Turkey – a deployment criticized by Syria, Iran and Russia.