U.S., Germany to Pull Patriot Missiles from Turkey

The United States is withdrawing its Patriot missile system deployed near Turkey’s border with Syria when its mandate expires in October.

A joint Turkish and U.S. announcement said Sunday that the air-defense units could be returned to Turkey within a week if the need arises. It said U.S. navy ships would be present in the Mediterranean to support Turkey’s defense.

The U.S., Germany and the Netherlands all deployed Patriots in early 2013 after Turkey asked its fellow NATO partners for help in protecting its territory amid an escalating civil war in Syria. The Dutch ended their mission earlier this year and were replaced by the Spanish.

Full article: U.S., Germany to Pull Patriot Missiles from Turkey (The Chosunilbo)

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