Missile defense activated in Turkey
January 16th, 2012
08:37 PM ET

Missile defense activated in Turkey

With reporting from Ivan Watson in Istanbul

An early warning radar station that is part of NATO's controversial missile defense system in Europe is now operational in Turkey, a foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.

The station is located in the city of Malatya, about 400 miles southeast of the capital Ankara, and is manned by both Turkish and U.S. personnel, the spokesman said.

Turkey is one of five countries that have agreed to deploy parts of the U.S.-designed defense system. Portugal, Poland, Romania and Spain have also agreed to participate.

NATO asked Russia to participate in the system but negotiations have been deadlocked over Russia's demand for a legally binding treaty guaranteeing the shield would not be used as a deterrent to Moscow's own systems. The United States and its European allies have insisted the system is directed toward countering ballistic missile threats from such Middle East countries as Iran.

Iran - Turkey's eastern neighbor - has publicly objected to the NATO system. Ali Larijani, Iran's speaker of parliament, repeated his opposition to it during a visit to Turkey last week.

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  1. bobbbbb

    Iran would look much better as a sea of glass or fused sand or whatever you want to call it. I fervently hope that the United States will stay out of it. Let the freeloaders in Israel lob nukes at them. Just stay out of it US. let the middle east handle itself. if they blow each other up in the process, so be it. by the way presidunce dumbama, you might want to get that pipeline from canada on a fast track to construction. lessen our dependence on middle east oil, think straight and for the future, not for the year or your next election, but for ten and twenty years out like the japanese and chinese do.

    February 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  2. JoJo

    Oh Ya. Everyone is getting ready. If Israel attack Iran everyone in the area going to find itself dragged in the fight. Syria's Assad will be glad to enter the fighti with Iran, he needs a good boost in his country, he wins back the Golan Heights he will be forgiven for sure. Turkey will get involve, they dislike Israel anyhow after that incident with the flotilla. Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza. Its going to be a mess. Armageddon in 2012. The place is right and the timing is getting close.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
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      August 3, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
  3. mark

    war is never good. but deterrents are good. especially in that crazy and religiously wacky region of the world

    February 8, 2012 at 4:05 am | Reply
    • Fazio

      what do u mean our country (US) is just religously wacked... i cant wait for the rapture... u know tht time when jesus comes n takes all those religous nuts off the planet.... n than the sane people get to inherit the earth n life in peace!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  4. Richard Canada

    Legality binding treaty....I can see this one in some court, somewhere. "The Union States stopped our missile attack against them with there missile shield. They can't do that!!!" Legality binding agreements MEAN NOTHING in a war.

    February 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  5. John Lennon

    AMEEEEEEEERRRRIIIICCCCCCCCCA F-YEAH!

    February 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  6. 561boi

    OUR CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER RUSSIA NEEDS TO JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON N HELP US HANDLE BUSINESS OR THE WAR WILL BE BIGGER THAN IT HAS TO BE

    February 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  7. deshi

    And everyone deliberately ignores Israel's huge nuke arsenal they constantly deny about and have already threatened ME states. Why is the US coddling this army state that brings no benefit other than creating more and more enemies for the US, while taking free money as aid and living better off than Americans.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  8. YOU WILL NEVER WIN IRAN

    SO WE WATCH & WAIT AND DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE! ENOUGH SAID NO MORE TIME WASTED

    January 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  9. Hahahahahahaha

    Set the countdown clock to June 2012. Hahahahahahahahahaha

    January 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  10. Phil in Oregon

    Now, why in the HECK would iran object to a system like that? They don't HAVE any log range missiles or even the intention of having them. Or that's what they SAY...

    January 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • Indrid Cold

      That's wrong. Iran has about 2000 MRBM's armed with conventional high explosive warheads. Most are targeted against middle east oil installations.

      January 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  11. FudgePaki

    Pack your sheep before it's too late!!!

    January 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  12. dreamer96

    Moscow is a little paranoid but just look at how many times they have been invaded... But Moscow also knows this system will not hold up to a full Russian attack..(which all sane people on both sides hope never will happen), but they still are not totally convinced....and unfortunately might be helping Iran build a nuk....which is the main reason for the shield in the first place..What will Moscow say and do if Iran does use a nuk....

    January 17, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
  13. RagMcmuffin

    And here we go..........Iron Maiden says it best...RUN TO THE HILLS...RUN FOR YOUR LIVES.....

    January 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply

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