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Spain To Relieve Dutch Patriots in Turkey

Spain To Relieve Dutch Patriots in Turkey

Spain will deploy two Patriot batteries and 130 troops to Turkey in January to replace the two batteries being withdrawn by the Netherlands, Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes announced Sept. 17.The Netherlands informed NATO in August that it would withdraw its Patriots in January, when their mandate runs out.

Deployed in January 2013, the two Dutch Patriot batteries are located in Adana, two German batteries in Kahramanmaras and two U.S. batteries in Gaziantep.

The largely symbolic deployment aims to show solidarity with Turkey and bolster its air defenses against the possibility of missile attack from Syria.

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