Holland ships Patriot missiles to Turkey
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Holland ships Patriot missiles to Turkey

Anti-missile batteries to join American, German units to protect NATO ally against possible violence from Syria

An illustrative photo of a Patriot missile system (photo credit: CC-BY-SA Darkone/Wikimedia Commons)
An illustrative photo of a Patriot missile system (photo credit: CC-BY-SA Darkone/Wikimedia Commons)

DE PEEL AIR BASE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch military is shipping its Patriot missiles to fellow NATO member Turkey to boost its air defenses amid the escalating war in neighboring Syria.

The two Dutch batteries are part of a NATO contingent of Patriot missiles that intercept incoming ballistic missiles. Two US and two German batteries are also being deployed to other parts of southern Turkey.

Dutch defense chief Gen. Tom Middendorp said Monday the missiles will remain in Turkey for a year.

The Patriots are being transported by sea to Turkey. They are scheduled to become operational by the end of this month.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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