NATO: Patriot Missiles Are Going to Turkey
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2012 2:36 PM CST
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks at a media conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

(Newser) – Now it's official: NATO agreed today to send Patriot anti-missile systems to Turkey to protect against attacks from war-torn Syria, the AP reports. The systems—which include radars, missiles, and other facilities—will be programmed only to fend off the Syrian shells and mortar rounds that have already killed five people in Turkey. That means the Patriots can't be used to strike preemptively or start an offensive against Syria. And the delivery will not expand into a no-fly zone over Syria, said NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Still, Rasmussen was still emphatic about the move: "We stand with Turkey in the spirit of strong solidarity," he said. "To anyone who would want to attack Turkey, we say, 'Don't even think about it!'" The Netherlands and Germany will likely send Turkey several of the latest Patriot defense systems, with the US adding more if necessary. Because the systems are big and complex, they have to be shipped by sea rather than air and will probably take about a month to arrive.

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ashthe1
Dec 5, 2012 12:49 AM CST
I have long learned that this world is not all about me nor other people from the many places that I been around the world. I can honestly say something that is good and bad about people from many countries. For example, a Syrians that I had dealing with was eager to learn meaningful task. That was a good thing. Contact with some Syrians and Turkish people were meaningful for me. I saw extremist while in Turkey (1967) but I also worked with lot of well rounded and reasonable Turkish people. And, that’s a good thing. I walked the streets of Istanbul, Izmit ( Izmit for me and not Izmir) and smaller cities within a 100Kil radius of Istanbul; and without fear. Again, there were extremist across lands across both the Atlantic and pacific oceans where I have lived/been. It’s the same as here, throughout the USA, and all of the many places that I have been around the world. I am happy to be home in my USA.
1492
Dec 4, 2012 8:32 PM CST
The Turkish people have the right to protect themselves against Syria or anyone looking for trouble. They are people of great moral character. They fought side by side with us in Korea. The best soldiers one would want as an ally. I know these people. I lived with them for almost two years. Learned their culture. Religion-Muslim. They do not cover their womens faces. You would think you are in Europe. I miss it. I miss the beautiful women and the shish-ka-bob stands. I miss the beautiful Agean sea. Izmir, Turkey and Istanbul. I visited Alexander the Great's Castle right there in Izmir. The Virgin Mary's last home is 50 miles from Izmir...you should drink from the water fountain she drank from. I am blessed and priviledged to have experienced it. We owe alot to the Turkish nation who has been a true ally of ours, never faltering.
right2dave
Dec 4, 2012 7:48 PM CST
Assad is a gone!