INTERNATIONAL > Germany to deploy 170 soldiers in Turkey, German daily claims


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Some 170 German soldiers are set to be deployed to Turkey as part of an expected Turkish request to deploy NATO Patriot missiles along its border with Syria, according to German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, daily Hürriyet reported.
Turkey is expected to ask for the Patriots on Nov. 19, after which the soldiers will be deployed, the daily reported.
The deployment will not come under the alliance’s Article 5, which binds all members to come to the defense of an ally that is attacked by an external power, the daily said, noting that the mobilization and provision of missiles is designed to protect Turkey from rocket and jet attacks along the border.
The German government has reportedly agreed to participate in such an operation, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported, adding that Berlin did not see the matter as an intervention into Syria’s affairs.


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Chris Green

11/19/2012 2:12:34 PM

Colonel John- I was speaking tongue in cheek - humorously ;-)

john albay

11/18/2012 10:59:45 PM

These are german specialist troops who will instruct Turkish troops how to use the missle system. It is a normal NATO training role that NATO troops do all the time in all NATO countries.

Chris Green

11/18/2012 12:22:08 PM

As if 170 Krauts will make a lot of difference! Turkey are not exactly short of troop numbers! What this actually means is that if the Patriot systems are deployed the deal will be that they will be handled by a third party force because the US will have so insisted. British forces may also be deployed although I am not sure in what role, given that we are fairly stretched right now!


11/18/2012 10:18:06 AM

Ryan James@ Why do you lock your front door?

Ryan James

11/17/2012 9:56:08 PM

What attacks?
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