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.

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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.