NATO expected to approve Turkey missile deployment

Turkish border defences
Turkey has requested more support for its border defences amid the escalating Syrian violence. Credit: Amr Dalsh / Reuters

NATO is expected to approve a deployment of Patriot missiles to Turkey to bolster its air defences against Syria.

The request from Turkey to the 28-nation alliance was made after weeks of talks with allies about how to beef up security on its 560-mile border with Syria, which is mired in civil war.

NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today for a twice-yearly meeting are expected to support the delivery of the Patriots, which can be used to intercept missiles and planes.


NATO to send missiles to Turkey

NATO has given the go-ahead to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey's border with Syria, an official has told news agency Reuters.