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Turkey, U.S. discuss deploying missiles against Syrian attacks

English.news.cn   2012-11-07 20:53:41            

ANKARA, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Turkey and its NATO allies, including the United States, have been discussing the deployment of Patriot missiles on the Turkish side of the border with Syria in order to protect the area from Syrian attacks, Turkish daily Milliyet reported Wednesday.

Turkey considers Patriot missiles on its territories as a security precaution against a potential military offensive from Syria, as Syrian shelling on Turkish southern border has mounted tensions between the two countries.

Turkey and the United States are considering deploying missiles in Turkish southern Kilis province, and the missiles are expected to protect an area of 60 km long up to Syria's Aleppo city, according to the report.

The proposal of Turkey also aims to protect Syrian opposition and civilians from the Syrian government forces' shelling, it said.

The proposal, which might be launched under NATO umbrella, was pending for the U.S. election.

Turkey has requested the deployment of Patriot missile defense systems on its territory twice, in the early 1990s and 2000s, in the context of wars in Iraq.

Ankara's request was met by Netherlands, one of few countries which have such missile systems.



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