(BRUSSELS) — NATO is preparing to endorse a plan Tuesday setting up Patriot missile-defense batteries along some parts of the Turkish border to protect against any incursion by Syria.
The weaponry will be provided by the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands.
Ankara has been especially concerned about impending attacks from Syria due to the ongoing 20-month conflict between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebel forces. Relations between the two countries have been strained since Turkey has spoken out against al-Assad.
Hastening the need for a missile defense system are reports from U.S. and Israeli intelligence about activity around Syrian chemical weapons sites.
At Tuesday’s expected announcement, NATO will affirm its support for Turkey from Syrian aggression and will leave it up to the Americans, Germans and Dutch to decide how long the deployment will be and the number of missiles used to defend against a potential ballistic missile attack from Syria.
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