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U.S. Forces Arrive in Turkey to Handle Patriot Missile Systems, Directed at Syria
by Ezra Van Auken
Deployment has begun on the outskirts of Turkey, U.S. troops have arrived and once settled, there will be a total of 400 soldiers on the Turkish/Syrian border. The newly stationed soldiers will operate the Patriot missiles system on the border, just incase Syria’s government or even rebels manage to fire a missile of some sort into Turkey.
Obviously, U.S. officials have stated that President al-Assad could launch missiles at Turkey at anytime, although there have been no legitimate signs from Assad to initiate an attack. Jason Ditz of AntiWar notes, “NATO officials have cited the firing of Scud-type missiles inside Syria as the justification, though the decision to send Patriot missiles came before any Scuds were confirmed, and none of those Scuds have landed anywhere near Turkey at any rate.”
Officials maintain that the latest move is purely for defensive purposes. The deployment has sparked protests in Turkey, as NATO forces from Germany and the Netherlands may be arriving too. The U.S. government has played a crucial role in working to overthrow President Assad and his government, by funding, arming and training Syrian rebels.
Many remain skeptical of the Syrian rebels though, due to the fact many reports reveal the major flaw of the opposition, which is that most factions are Sunni extremists. Specifically, the group al-Nusra has been deemed a “terrorist” organization by the U.S. State Dept. – their role in the overthrow of Assad’s government has been a big factor to the war.