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Turkish mob threatens German soldiers
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Turkish mob threatens German soldiers

Published: 23 Jan 2013 11:57 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Jan 2013 11:57 GMT+01:00

German soldiers manning Patriot missile batteries on the Turkish-Syrian border have been threatened by an angry mob of demonstrators thought to be from a left-wing nationalist youth group.

After some 40 people surrounded the soldiers in the southern town of Iskenderun, one German reportedly had a bag containing white powder thrown over his head. Four other soldiers managed remained unscathed and all five made it back to their army quarters after Turkish security forces arrived. All of the Germans were in civilian clothing at the time of the incident.

While the authorities stepped in quickly enough to prevent things from escalating further, similar attacks have happened in the past on foreign soldiers on Turkish soil.

Thought to be from the Turkey Youth Union (TGB), a nationalist youth organisation, members have been known to throw bags over NATO soldiers in the past in reference to the treatment of Turkish soldiers captured by US forces during the 2003 Iraq war.

The German soldiers manning Patriot missiles on the border are part of a NATO mission requested at the end of 2012 by the Turkish government to help protect against attack during growing unrest in Syria.

There are around 350 German soldiers working on the “Active Fence Turkey” project, which started properly in the country at the beginning of this year.

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Your comments about this article

04:20 January 24, 2013 by sonriete
They like us! They really like us !! :) :)
09:22 January 24, 2013 by Anny One again
Just turn the Batteries on 180 degrees for a while .
11:31 January 24, 2013 by raandy
Our NATO brothers.
13:20 January 24, 2013 by Englishted
"left-wing nationalist youth group"

Left wing = Socialists?

Nationalists = Nationalists

Therefore :"German soldiers manning Patriot missile batteries on the Turkish-Syrian border have been threatened by an angry mob of demonstrators thought to be "National Socialists or neo-nazis.
15:14 January 25, 2013 by Minitaff
Now there's a weird thing,Turks abusing Germans!!! More than likely, Marc Young 'editor in chief' will explain that it was the German soldiers fault in some way or another!
09:17 March 3, 2013 by urov
Thu US never captured any Turkish soldiers in the 2003 Iraq war.
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