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US to deploy Patriot missiles, troops to Turkey: report

15 december 2012, 14:19
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The United States plans to send two rocket-intercepting Patriot missile batteries and 400 military personnel to Turkey to deter Syrian attacks, AFP reports according to the New York Times.

The Times said the move is part of a larger effort to beef up Turkey's defenses as the civil war in neighboring Syria grows more violent, with another four Patriot batteries expected to be supplied by Germany and the Netherlands.

The report comes after US officials said Syria launched a number of Scud missiles in recent days, and amid heightened fears that it could resort to using its vast chemical weapons arsenal against advancing rebels.

Turkey has strongly backed the 21-month-old rebellion against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but fears he could lash out against it in desperation if the conflict grinds on.

US officials could not immediately be reached to comment on the Times report.

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