US Troops Take Charge of Missiles in Turkey
Meanwhile, Damascus gas station bombing kills 11
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2013 6:00 AM CST
Smoke rises from buildings due to heavy shelling in the Damascus countryside, Syria, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

(Newser) – Twenty-seven US troops have landed in Turkey to operate missiles near its border with Syria. The troops, whose deployment was announced last month, will be in charge of Patriot missiles officially controlled by NATO, CNN reports. Meanwhile, in Syria itself, opposition forces are battling for control of a government-held helicopter airbase for the third consecutive day. A US-designated terrorist group, Nusra Front, is involved in the attack. Rebel control of the site would cut government airstrikes, CNN notes. In response, Bashar al-Assad's forces have attacked a neighboring city, Binnish.

In Damascus, at least 11 people have been killed and 40 hurt after a car bomb attack yesterday at a gas station, say opposition spokespeople, who add that many are in critical condition. Amid a fuel shortage, the station had been crowded, Reuters reports. "There are lots of people who sleep there overnight, waiting for early morning fuel consignments," says an opposition activist. Each side blamed the other for the attack, the second this week at a Damascus-area gas station, the New York Times notes. (In earlier Syria news, a US journalist has gone missing there.)

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Jan 4, 2013 7:07 PM CST
US troops have been manning missiles in Turkey (many with nukes) since the 50's. Why are people jumping through their asses about this ?
Jan 4, 2013 9:54 AM CST
Man can we please stay out of a few rounds of this crap, Turkey has a well trained military & can handle these pieces of equipment, so leads me to think there is more to this than told.
Jan 4, 2013 9:41 AM CST
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