Turkey seeks Patriot missiles for its border with Syria

Ankara will post an official request to its NATO partners to deploy Patriot missiles along its border with Syria. The request will be made imminently, said a Turkish Foreign Ministry official Wednesday. It was put on hold pending the US election. A no-fly zone over Syria is still on the table despite NATO’s reluctance to intervene in the Syrian conflict without a Security Council mandate. The Patriot is able to shoot down aircraft up to 160 kilometers away. The official said the Patriot deployment is one of several scenarios under consideration.

 

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