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Germany deploys Patriot missiles to Turkey

Published: 05 Jan 2013 08:45 GMT+01:00

US military personnel and equipment arrived at Incirlik Air Base in southeastern Turkey to support NATO's Patriot battery deployment at Ankara's request, EUCOM, based in the southwestern German city of Stuttgart, said in a statement.

The United States will transport some 400 troops to Turkey in the next several days to operate two Patriot batteries supporting NATOs mission there.

Additional equipment will arrive by sea later in January.

"The deployment of six Patriot batteries, including two each from Germany and The Netherlands, is in response to Turkey's request to NATO," EUCOM said.

"The forces will augment Turkeys air defence capabilities and contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along the Alliance's border."

EUCOM deputy commander Charles Martoglio said the Patriot batteries would fall under NATO command "when set-up is complete and the systems are operational in the next several weeks."

"The deployment will be defensive only and will not support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation," EUCOM added.

The duration of the deployment will be determined by the contributing nations in coordination with Turkey and NATO, it said.

Germany, The Netherlands and the United States agreed to supply the ground-to-air missile batteries, which Turkey requested after repeated cross-border shelling from Syria, including an attack that killed five civilians.

NATO-member Turkey, a one-time Damascus ally, has turned into one of its most vocal opponents over the 21-month civil war in Syria that monitors say has killed some 60,000 people.

The deployment will continue Monday when two Dutch Patriot batteries will be transported to the port of Eemshaven from a military barracks in Vredepeel in the southeast of the country, the Dutch defence ministry said.

The next day, 30 Dutch and 20 German soldiers charged with preparing for the missiles' arrival by ship, scheduled for January 22, will fly from the Dutch air base of Eindhoven to Turkey.

Another 270 Dutch troops, who will operate the missiles, will leave for Turkey on January 21, the ministry added.

The German defence ministry said that its Patriots would be shipped Tuesday from the port of Lübeck-Travemünde and were due to arrive at the Turkish port of Iskenderun on January 21.

The main German contingent of up to 350 soldiers will begin deploying in mid-January.

AFP/jlb

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Your comments about this article

12:20 January 5, 2013 by dogs
Isn't it dangerous to announce

in advance your equipment and troop movements?
17:22 January 5, 2013 by raandy
Its all a political show, there is no real threat that Syria could in fringe upon the powerful Turkish military.
17:35 January 5, 2013 by Englishted
Isn't it dangerous to put armed Germans and Dutch next to each other ?.
01:14 January 6, 2013 by Frenemy
@Englishted: How did u manage to get back to the 1940s? Can I borrow ur time machine? (just for a bit...I'll give it back before u even gave it to me, I promise). lol Seriously, we (US, UK, France, Germany, etc) run joint ops all the time.
06:52 January 6, 2013 by Englishted
@Frenemy

Naturally these countries are next door all the time but living in N.R.W. ,I can see the deep rivalry that is always there and sometimes comes to the surface, but it was meant lightheartedly and not a reference to the past.
12:00 January 6, 2013 by Frenemy
I know man, wasn't trying to start anything.

I get what you're saying (I'm originally from Bonn but I live in London now), so yeah I see the same stuff you do. But I think as "Westerners", we presently have collective problems that merit getting past historical grievances...(know what I mean?)
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