Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Burkina Faso: Govt seeks referendum on presidential term limit

Read more

FOCUS

Indian uranium mines take heavy toll on locals and environment

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Manuel Valls and the 'art of putting one's foot in one's mouth'

Read more

ENCORE!

Paris rediscovers Picasso

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Media response to Ottawa shooting

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Daniele Balice, Co-founder of the gallery Balice Hertling

Read more

FOCUS

Tunisia: Religious education claims bigger role in curriculum

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget tensions heat up in Brussels as EU leaders meet for second day

Read more

Middle east

NATO approves Turkish anti-missile defence for Syrian border

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-12-04

NATO gave the green light 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.

NATO gave the go-ahead on Tuesday to stationing Patriot surface-to-air missiles in Turkey to protect the country from any spillover of the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

“In response to Turkey’s request, NATO has decided to augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey,” NATO foreign ministers said in a statement.
 
Russia, Syria and Iran have criticised 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 900-km (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.
     
(REUTERS)
 

Date created : 2012-12-04

  • TURKEY-SYRIA

    Turkey missile plan 'new act of provocation' Syria says

    Read more

  • TURKEY - SYRIA

    Turkey fires on Syria in retaliation for latest shelling

    Read more

  • TURKEY - SYRIA

    Turkey continues retaliatory shelling against Syria

    Read more

COMMENT(S)