World Bulletin / News Desk
German Patriots, sent to Turkey in late 2012 to warn against any possible missile threats from Syria, will remain in the country for another year.
The German government’s proposal early this month to extend the term of the Patriots for one more year was accepted by the German Parliament.
In response to Turkey’s request for NATO’s assistance, the US, Germany and Netherlands each sent two Patriot batteries each in 2012 to bolster Turkey’s air defenses against possible threats from Syria.
The Patriot batteries provided by Germany have been stationed in Kahramanmaras since January 2013 under NATO command and control. The cost of the deployment, which is estimated to be around 25 million euros, is covered by Germany.
Under the NATO mission, two Dutch batteries are operating in the southern province of Adana, and two batteries from the United States are located in the southeastern province of Gaziantep.Last Mod: 30 Ocak 2014, 10:18