Patriot missile systems will be deployed in three Turkish cities of Kahramanmaraş, Gaziantep and Adana, NATO announced in a statement released today. The U.S. will deploy its Patriot batteries in Gaziantep, while Germany and the Netherlands will deploy the air defense systems in Kahramanmaras and Adana respectively. The deployment will take place over the next few weeks.
“The aim is to deter any threats to Turkey, to defend Turkey’s population and territory and to de-escalate the crisis on NATO’s southeastern border,” said NATO in its statement. (Hurriyet Daily News, 24 December)
NATO’s deployment of Patriot missile systems in Turkey takes place amid strong Iranian objections. Last week, the chief of staff of Iranian armed forces said the deployment is meant to start a “world war.”
File photo: Patriot anti-missile systems at a presentation by the German military. (AP/Hurryiet Daily News)