700 Syrian missiles discovered by Turkish officials
Turkish Foreign Minister says they know who controls the missiles in Syria
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says that they have found and
identified 700 missiles currently in Syria. Speaking to newspaper
journalists, officials know who controls the missiles.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says that they have found and identified 700 missiles currently in Syria. Speaking to newspaper journalists, officials know who controls the missiles.
Davutoglu explained that a "psychological line" had been crossed in the civil war now engulfing Syria. Observers in the past, Davutoglu reiterated, were concerned about what Damascus might do to exact revenge on regional neighbors following the unrest.
"But now, everyone thinks of what to do next if the regime falls," he says.
In related news, NATO gave the green light on Tuesday to the deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missiles in Turkey to bolster the country's defense against stray shells from the unrest in Syria, several of which have landed in Turkish territory. The objective is to protect the country from any spillover of the civil war in neighboring Syria.
"In response to Turkey's request, NATO has decided to augment Turkey's air defense capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey," NATO foreign ministers said in a statement.
Russia, Syria and Iran have criticized Turkey's request to the alliance to send the Patriots which can be used to intercept missiles.
Turkey asked NATO for the missiles in November after weeks of talks with allies about how to shore up security on its 560-mile border. It has repeatedly scrambled fighter jets along the frontier and responded in kind to stray Syrian shells flying into its territory.
A major player in supporting Syria's opposition and planning for the post-conflict era, Turkey is worried about Syria's chemical weapons, the refugee crisis along its border, and what it says is Syrian support for Kurdish militants on its own soil.
Turkey made similar calls for military support during the two Gulf Wars, when NATO deployed surface-to-air missiles on its soil in 1991 and 2003.
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