US Patriot missiles in Turkey to reach operating capability

The first elements of U.S. Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey earlier this month are expected to reach initial operating capability this weekend, a senior NATO officer reported.

Plans are on track for two PAC-3 Patriot anti-missile systems and about 400 U.S. personnel deployed to operate them to begin providing missile defense in the coming days, British Army Brigade General Gary Deakin, director of the strategic operations center at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Brussels, reported yesterday.

715 views


More Turkey News

Ankara: politics downgrades Turkish debt rating

Ankara: politics downgrades Turkish debt rating

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus dismissed Moody’s downgrade of the government debt rating as a “political” move and part of a wider effort to undermine the country. Kurtulmus said …

Explosion hits Turkish army convoy in Mardin

Explosion hits Turkish army convoy in Mardin

An explosion ripped through a bus carrying military personnel in Turkey's Mardin province, wounding eight soldiers, Reuters reports. Suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants detonated an explosive device that had been …

 Train explosion southeast Turkey leaves 2 injured

Train explosion southeast Turkey leaves 2 injured

A bomb supposedly planted by the Kurdistan Workers Party terrorist group struck a freight train in the Van province, resulting in two members of the train crew injured. The bomb on the tracks badly damaged the locomotive and derailed …

Erdogan: Mosul offensive to commence October 19

Erdogan: Mosul offensive to commence October 19

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed that the battle to push Daesh out of their stronghold of Mosul will commence on October 19.   “It is said that the battle for Mosul against Daesh will kick …

Turkey expects United States to extradite Gulen soon

Turkey expects United States to extradite Gulen soon

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara expects Washington, its ally, to extradite Fethullah Gulen, whose supporters have carried out an attempted coup in Turkey on July 15-16. He stressed that …

Turkish vessel with 16 crew sinks off Sicily coast

Turkish vessel with 16 crew sinks off Sicily coast

A Panama-flagged dry cargo vessel belonging to an Istanbul-based company sank 24 miles off Sicily in the Mediterranean on Saturday, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah. According to reports, Italian Coast Guard Command boats rescued 16 …

Turkey is in band of stability, prime minister says

Turkey is in band of stability, prime minister says

The band of stability exists in Turkey for 14 years, and this is happening despite the attempts of coups. "During these years, the power of Turkey has tripled, at the same time we were able to prevent three coup attempts,’’ the …

Turkey will get visa-free travel with EU next year, says Luxembourg

Turkey will get visa-free travel with EU next year, says Luxembourg

Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn believes issues could be solved by next year

Turkey’s Antalya hopes to double number of Russian tourists

Turkey’s Antalya hopes to double number of Russian tourists

Turkey’s Antalya Province hopes to double the number of Russian tourists to 7 million people, the province’s Governor Munir Karaloglu said. "If in 2017, we manage to settle all problems with Russia, …

 Families of US diplomats allowed to return to Turkey

Families of US diplomats allowed to return to Turkey

On September 24, 2016, the Department of State is ending the ordered departure of family members of US government personnel posted to the Consulate in Adana and …

more Turkey News