Dutch pledge two Patriot batteries to NATO's Turkey mission
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte pledged Thursday to provide two Patriot missile batteries early next year to a NATO mission defending Turkey against cross-border attacks from Syria, reported dpa.
"I informed the Secretary General today of our government's intention to deploy two of our Patriot missile batteries for an initial period of one year," Rutte said.
"We expect them to be operational by the end of January," Rutte continued, adding, "We are now working closely with our Turkish, American and German allies to ensure that the Patriots are soon as possible."
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: "The deployment will be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation."