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On Wednesday, NATO announced that two Dutch and two German batteries of Patriot missiles had been deployed in Turkey and are now “actively defending” the southern Turkish cities of Adana and Kharamanmaras. These are four of the six batteries of the anti-aircraft, and anti-missile, missiles that NATO promised Turkey to “augment Turkey’s air defenses.” The remaining two are due to arrive from the United States.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has repeatedly stressed that these batteries are for defensive purposes only.
NATO says its Patriot missiles are capable of defending an area with 3.5 million people.
The Patriot missiles are the latest weapons to enter into the theater of Syria’s war, which, while not quite spilling over yet, has definitely done some sloshing over the edges into Turkey and Lebanon and has recently seen the involvement of Israel. Here’s a roundup of some of the weapons, homemade and otherwise, being used in the two-year civil war in the region.
Maya covers the U.N., Europe, and the Middle East for IBTimes. She joined the company in July 2012 after having previously worked with DNAinfo.com and Gawker.