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Turkey petitions NATO to deploy Patriot missiles along Syrian border

November 22, 2012

The Extinction Protocol

November 21, 2012TURKEY – ISTANBULTurkey has formally asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to deploy Patriot missiles to protect its long border with Syria, the military alliance said on Wednesday, raising the prospect of a further militarization of the neighbors’ tense frontier amid heightened concerns the civil war is spilling onto Turkish territory. In a statement, NATO said that it would consider alliance-member Turkey’s request “without delay” and announced that a NATO team would visit Turkey for a site-survey to consider a deployment next week. If approved, the deployment would “contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along NATO’s south-eastern border,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. “It would be a concrete demonstration of alliance solidarity and resolve.” But Mr. Rasmussen was also eager to clarify the limits of NATO’s likely commitment. “The Turkish government stressed that the deployment will be defensive only and that…

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