Two anti-aircraft missile complex Patriot, provided the U.S. deployed near the town of Gaziantep in southern Turkey near the border with Syria. On this December 26 ITAR-TASS reported, citing sources in NATO. At what stages of deployment is complex, the sources did not say.
Turkey officially appealed to NATO to supply complexes in late November. Representatives of the Turkish authorities stated that the need for the Patriot air defense cover the border with Syria, which extends for 900 km.
Consent to put Turkey SAM NATO announced on November 21. Later it was reported that Ankara will be provided 6 complexes Patriot — two from the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, while the Turkish authorities initially requested to send to the country more than 15 units.
As stated by the representatives of NATO, the complexes will be provided only to ensure the security of Turkey and will not be used for the creation of no-fly zone over parts of Syria or terrain to support foreign military operations in the country. In turn, Syria, Iran and Our homeland criticized NATO’s actions, noting that the deployment of the complexes could exacerbate tensions in the region.
In the autumn of 2012 from Turkey a couple of times there were reports of projectiles, flew to the area of the country from Syria. Official Damascus apologized for the incident, noting that the shells flew to the area adjacent country by mistake. Turkey, in turn, promised to take tough response in case of a recurrence, and the parliament passed a special law allowing in case of danger to its security forces to enter the terrain of other states.