US to remove Patriot missiles from Turkey-Syrian border


WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States will withdraw its Patriot missile defense units along the Turkish border with Syria as the two allies focus on ground threats from Islamic State fighters. The US had deployed two Patriot systems in 2013 to defend Turkey against a possible attack from the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad. The Patriot systems will return to the US for upgrades after the current agreement expires in October, according to a joint statement by from the Turkish government and the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. The US will keep Aegis combat ships in the eastern Mediterranean that can assist with missile defense for Turkey, according to the joint statement.



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