NATO Confirms Plan to Send Missiles to Turkey

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen today reiterated that the alliance intends to deploy Patriot missiles to the Turkish border with Syria in response to Turkish requests in recent weeks.

The excuse for such a deployment has been lacking, however, with the sum total of cross-border shelling a few stray artillery shells which US officials have conceded that can’t even say for sure were fired by Syria’s military in the first place.

But officials were talking up Syria’s chemical weapons program today, and that seems as good an excuse as any, so NATO officials are now saying the deployment is about shielding Turkey from a chemical weapons attack.
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