Germany OKs deployment of Patriot missiles to defend Turkey from Syria
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Officials said the Patriots will be programmed so that they can intercept only Syrian weapons that cross into Turkish airspace. They aren't allowed to penetrate Syrian territory pre-emptively.
That means they would have no immediate effect on any Syrian government offensives chemical or conventional that remain strictly inside the country's national borders.
Due to the complexity and size of the Patriot batteries including their radars, command-and-control centers, communications and support facilities they will probably have to travel by sea, NATO officials said.
They probably won't arrive in Turkey for another month, officials predicted.
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