US announces withdrawal of missile system from Turkey

US announces withdrawal of Patriot missile defence system from Turkey

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Patriot missile system seen at a military airbase in Adana, southern Turkey, January 26, 2013.

Updated Aug 17, 2015

A Joint Statement from the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the United States declares that the United States Patriot air and missile defence units in Turkey, which expires in October, “will not be renewed beyond the end of the current rotation.”

The announcement further declares that US authorities said in the case of an emergency the US is prepared to facilitate future deployment of the system, and prepared to return the necessary assets and personnel to Turkey within a week.

The US Patriot Missile Defence System has been active in Turkey as a part of NATO mission since 2013.

On Friday, German Defence Ministry also confirmed that Germany is preparing for an withdrawal of its Patriot Missile Defence System and 260 soldiers operating for NATO mission in Turkey, saying missile attacks from Syria no longer threaten Turkey.

The Netherlands has already withdrawn its Patriot Missile Defence System in January 2015, after two years of deployment in southern Turkey as part of the NATO mission.

After the withdrawal of Germany and US systems, only Spanish units will be operational in Turkey.


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