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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.

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US on standby 'to launch military action' in Syria

The US is ready to launch military action in Syria "within days" if President Assad mobilises chemical weapons to use against rebel forces, The Times reports (£).

Syrians cross the border to Turkey to escape the threat of violence Credit: Reuters

A US official told the newspaper: "It won’t require major movement to make action happen. The muscle is already there to be flexed.

“It’s premature to say what could happen if a decision is made to intervene. That hasn’t taken shape, we’ve not reached that kind of decision. There are a lot of options, but it [military action] could be launched rapidly, within days.”

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