Patriot Missiles Deployed: NATO Deploys Weapons To Turkey Border Over Syria Chemical Weapon Fears

By Amir Khan on December 5, 2012 2:58 PM EST

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NATO has deployed Patriot missiles to the Turkish border (Photo: Creative Commons)

Patriot missiles deployed to by NATO to the Turkish border are meant to send a strong message to Syrian president Bashar Assad, according to the Telegraph. The Patriot missiles deployed are sending a stark message that chemical warfare against Turkey won't be tolerated, according to William Hague, the foreign secretary for NATO.

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"We are worried about chemical weapons," Hague said. "We have become more concerned about them in recent days for the same reasons the US has. We have already sent our own, clear, private message directly to the Syrians about the serious consequences that would follow from the use of those weapons."

The Patriot missiles deployed are an American-manufactured anti-missile system, and first deployed more than 30 years ago, according to the Associated Press. The Patriot missiles deployed have a range of approximately 100 miles, and can reach an altitude of 80,000 feet. The Patriot missiles deployed are used to target aircraft, ballistic missiles and drones.

"Patriots come in batteries of several missiles that can be fired individually," the AP reports. "They are guided to their targets by a tracking radar which is connected to computer systems, where military personnel can monitor them and decide which targets to engage. These monitoring stations don't need to be near the firing positions."

The Patriots missiles deployed serve as a warning to Syrian president Bashar Assad, who is known to possess sarin nerve gas and claims he is willing to use it.

The United States is also poised to respond to any chemical weapon attack from Syria to Turkey as well, according to the Daily Mail.

"It won't require major movement to make action happen," an unnamed source said. "There are a lot of options but (military action) could be launched rapidly, within days."

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