NATO gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for the deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missiles to Turkey to protect it from any spill over of the civil war in neighbouring Syria, a NATO official said. Russia, Syria and Iran had criticised the request to the alliance. A NATO official said:
NATO has agreed to augment Turkey's air-defence capabilities by deploying Patriot missiles to Turkey.
General Richard Myers has told ITV News that the real threat in Syria is from Islamist groups using chemical weapons - not President Assad.
NATO agrees to deploys Patriot missiles along the Syria/Turkey border but denies claims that it is taking an active role in the conflict.