Germany withdraws Patriot missile defense system from Turkey

Germany withdraws Patriot missile defense system from Turkey

Germany withdraws Patriot missile defense system from Turkey

Written by Staff Writer

23 Dec, 2015 | 5:13 pm

Germany has removed two Patriot missile air defense complexes and 250 personnel from Turkish territory, news agency Anadolu has reported. Berlin had earlier announced the mission’s mandate would expire in January 2016.

The Patriot complexes were loaded on a Danish ship which left the Turkish port of Iskenderun on Tuesday, bound for Germany.

Back in January 2013, six NATO Patriot complexes – two units from each of Germany, the Netherlands and the US – were delivered to Turkey to guard the border with Syria, in a move Damascus officials linked with plans to establish a no-fly zone along the Turkish-Syrian border.

In September 2014 the Dutch Patriot systems were replaced with Spanish ones.

In mid-August 2014 the German Defense Ministry announced it was to end its border protection mission in Turkey and remove its missile defense batteries from the country.

Source: RT

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