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US to withdraw Patriot missiles from Turkey in October

A US soldier stands in front of a Patriot missile system at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep, southeast Turkey, on February 5, 2013Turkey and the United States said Sunday that Washington would withdraw its Patriot missile batteries from the country in October after bolstering Ankara’s air defences against threats from Syria’s civil war. The NATO mandate for the mission will run out in October and will not be renewed, but the US is prepared to return Patriot assets and personnel to Turkey within one week if needed, a joint Turkish-US statement said. “They will be redeployed to the US for critical modernisation upgrades that will ensure the US missile defence force remains capable of countering evolving global threats and protecting Allies and partners, including Turkey,” the statement said.

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