U.S. troops arrive in Turkey; rebels battle for airport in Syria
A patriot missile is launched.
January 4th, 2013
03:11 AM ET

U.S. troops arrive in Turkey; rebels battle for airport in Syria

By Ben Brumfield

U.S. troops arrived in Turkey on Friday to man Patriot missile defense batteries near the Syrian border, according to Turkish state media.

Syria has previously launched Scud missiles at cities near the Turkish border in a desperate bid to extend its firepower.

In response, the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands deployed Patriot air defense missiles to the border region to intercept any Syrian ballistic missiles.

The missiles and troops will be under the overall control of NATO, but the missiles will be operated by U.S. forces.

A group of 27 U.S. troops landed in Gaziantep, Turkey, where they will survey the Patriot deployment, according to Turkish state news agency, Anadolu.

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  1. massoud

    The rebels are nothing more than imported extremists lets call a spade a spade

    January 8, 2013 at 1:07 am | Reply
  2. krm1007 © ™

    I wonder when a division of US soldiers will arrive in Indian Occupied Kashmir to control the genocide going on there. Now that we are freed up in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    January 5, 2013 at 5:45 am | Reply
  3. Frank

    The rest of the world needs to realize that the American people don't hate muslims or the islamic culture or anything like that. Personally i find it extremely interesting and i communicate with many cool people from the middle east on social networking sites all the time. We the people aren't the ones destroying your countries, it's our government which is just as corrupt if not MORE corrupt than the 'regimes' we take down.

    January 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  4. Homer

    Gearing up for Iran.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
  5. Joseph McCarthy

    Here is another exercise in complete stupidity. We need to persuade the Turks into granting the Kurds the independence they deserve but won't! Instead, we're dragging them further into Syria's civil war where the West hopes to depose Bashar al-Assad so it can take that country over. Besides, isn't it stupid to send troops overseas when our budget is way out of balance? I think so!

    January 4, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • James Bond

      We already have troops overseas, all over Europe, Middle East, and Asia that are constantly moving. I doubt 27 soldiers reallocated to Turkey will break an already broken budget.

      January 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
      • Joesph McCarthy

        This is worth every penny as well, it also let Assad know how very close he is to destruction, but in the end it might end up being another country without true human right even if he is taken down.

        January 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        I wish that the stupid Tea Partier who usurped my name above would at least spell it right! But on the other hand, by misspelling my name, he's further displaying his stupidity!

        January 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
  6. U.S.M.C. 1371

    Yahoo more American troops and more tax dollars we don't have being wasted protecting people that hate us.

    January 4, 2013 at 6:51 am | Reply
    • Emre

      But I don't. Only extremist islamists hate USA. In fact I'm a big fan of the marine corps. I've been visiting the Marine corps embassy guards since i was 13 in every 10th december 🙂

      January 4, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA.

        Gee Emre, will you drop the Tea Party nonsense? Of course most Muslims hate us and no one can blame them either. Just look at what we're doing to their countries over there!

        January 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm |

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