24 Jan 2013

Border missile batteries almost ready for use

12:24 pm on 24 January 2013

NATO says the first Patriot missile batteries being sent to defend Turkey from possible attack by Syria are expected to be ready for use this weekend.

The United States, Germany and the Netherlands are each sending two Patriot batteries and up to 400 troops to operate them after Ankara asked NATO for help along the border.

Syrian shells last year landed inside Turkish territory and Scud missiles near the border, during the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.