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NATO says 1st missile defense battery deployed to Turkey is operational

By: Associated Press / Washington Post

The first of six Patriot missile batteries being deployed to Turkey to protect against attack from Syria was declared operational and placed under NATO command, the international organization said on January 26. The battery, provided by the Netherlands, is meant to protect the city of Adana by shooting down missiles that could come over the Syrian border. The other five Patriot batteries are expected to be in place and operational in the coming days in Adana, Kahramanmaraş and Gaziantep.

“This is a clear demonstration of the agility and flexibility of NATO forces and of our willingness to defend Allies who face threats in an unstable world,” Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, said in a statement.

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