Germany’s Patriot missiles have been deployed
to the southern Turkish city of Kahlamanmaras. It took three large convoys of about 300 vehicles
in total to transport the two patriot units and all the equipment needed to operate them.
The trucks made their way north from the port of Iskenderum through the mountains amidst
tight security along the route. The city of Kahlamanmaras is about 100 kilometers
from the port. The patriots are to protect the city from
the threat of missiles from Syria. The Commander of the German contingent stressed the defensive
nature of the mission. “Our mission is a clear defensive one Mission we have is a defensive one.”
Besides the Germans the Dutch and US army will also be setting up their patriot units
in the coming days in the cities of Adana and Gaziantep.
The mission is under NATO command and follows a request by Turkey for allies to help protect
its citizens as the situation in Syria continues to
Deteriorate. “We have clear rules of
To significantly reduce the potential threat to the population.”
For the people of Kahramanmaras having more than 300 German soldiers live here for up
to one year will be an unfamiliar sight, but hopefully a reassuring sign.