5 December 2012, 21:25

Ankara knows where Syrian missiles are

Ankara knows where Syrian missiles are

Ankara knows the "exact location" of hundreds of ground missiles belonging to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, local media cited the country’s Foreign Minister Davutoglu.

"Assad has about 700 missiles... Now we know the exact location of all of them, how they are stored and who holds them," Davutoglu was quoted as saying by the Sabah newspaper.

NATO agrees to send Patriot missiles to Turkey

The NATO Council, at the level of the Foreign Ministers of the member countries, approved the placement of Patriot Missile Batteries on the border dividing Turkey and Syria, said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. expressed their willingness to send additional weapons.

According to the head of NATO, the organization is "making every effort" to speed up the transfer of the missiles to the area.

Rasmussen stressed that the complexes placed in Turkey "will not be used to support a no-fly zone or an offensive against Syria."

In the second half of November, Ankara approached the alliance with a request to expand its air defenses to protect against a possible attack by Syria.

Russia, Syria and Iran have criticised Turkey's request to the alliance to send the Patriots which can be used to intercept missiles.

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