Germany agrees to send Patriot missiles, troops to Turkey
(File photo) Soldiers of the German Army Bundeswehr stand next to a cargo plane in Kabul, Afghanistan on November 12.
December 6th, 2012
02:53 AM ET

Germany agrees to send Patriot missiles, troops to Turkey

The German Cabinet has agreed to send Patriot missiles and up to 400 soldiers to Turkey to deter the Syrian civil war from spilling into the country.

The cabinet decision, made in a special session today, follows a move by NATO foreign ministers Tuesday  to approve Turkey's request for such missiles.

Errant Syrian artillery shells struck the Turkish border town of Akcakale and killed five Turkish civilians in October.

Turkey asked NATO to deploy Patriot missiles along its border to bolster its air defenses against Syrian threats.

In addition to Germany, the United States and Netherlands - both of which have Patriot capabilities - have signaled they would be willing to contribute missiles.

“Any deployment will be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation," the NATO statement said.

The decision was made as news surfaced about fears of Bashar al-Assad's government using chemical weapons.

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  1. the prophet

    Am happy am not the only one who can't spell the header says sand, but the article says spend Haha

    December 6, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hide Behindp

    Israel did just fine in 48 and 67 without US?
    Shows how little facts of history get hiddden in and by those who like to hide behind some spiritual supremacy and divinity their crimes
    Those were not the bones of men risen from the valleys of dust, nor swords shields and bucllers made out of ancient rust, no single Moses led them and only the waves made by gorrign passanger and cargo ships parted the seas.
    The pillars of light in 67 flew in the sky not from mt Sainai. THe replacements for those fallen lights came from afloating island in the mediteranean not the dead sea, and the chariots with wheels of steel all paid for by yhe goyims.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kaiser Wilhelm

    It is good when old allies get together.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behindp

    Turkey needs defensive missles because of its military offence against Syria.
    NATO is sending troops and supplies to aid in delivery of supplies to those they supply in Syria.
    Turkey is fighting in what once was Iraq on Kurdistans soil as well in Syria the Seperatist Kurdish group from withon its own lands in Syria as well.
    TUrkey was quick to see the opportunity to increase both its land mass,raise it's stature in the European community, and be paid well while doing so.
    Just who are the real belligerents and is it a Civil war when a group of outside forces are trying to overthrow the ruling powers to replace them with their own?
    Makes no difference if a Syrian face is put in place but who will own that face is the truth of the matter.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ Hide Behind
    "Israel rejects UN call to open its nuke program to inspection". Well what do we normally do with countries who do that ?
    trouble being brewed too by Israel to flaunt us and the int. community. As a revenge for Palestine going to the UN it seizes $ 120m of Palestine tax money. And vows to push ahed with 20 thousand more housing units on palestine territory.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
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