Turkey Asks America To Send Patriot Missiles To Its Border As Its Troops Die In Syria Airstrikes
The request will be politically complicated from the very start due to various factors, especially given how cool US-Turkish relations are at present.
BY JOSEPH TREVITHICKFEBRUARY 20, 2020
The Turkish government has reportedly asked its American counterparts to deploy a pair of Patriot surface-to-air missile system batteries along its southern border with Syria. This news came amid the announcement of the death of two Turkish troops, and the wounding of five more, in an airstrike in northwestern Syria. The request is politically fraught from the start due to a number of factors, including an ongoing spat between Turkey and the United States in part over the former's purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems and the risks of sparking a wider conflict if American air defenders were to shoot down a Russian combat jet.
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