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Dutch Patriot missile systems leave for Turkey

Monday 07 January 2013

Three Dutch Patriot defence missile systems began their journey to Turkey on Monday, accompanied by some 300 soldiers.

The missiles are being taken to Eemshaven by road and will then be shipped to Turkey. They are due to arrive on January 22, Nos television said.

The Dutch missiles will form part of the Turkish border defences against potential rocket attacks from Syria.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Do you really need three hundred soldiers to operate a few missile launchers? Ah yes the good old 'UN observers'.

By Simon Turner | 7 January 2013 2:00 PM

And how much is this costing me as a taxpayer?

By H. | 7 January 2013 2:55 PM

It shouldn' t cost anything. As it's a service to Turkey Turkey should pay up.

By Skildert | 7 January 2013 3:58 PM

@ H. Don't worry NL will get back what paid with oil etc but do you know how many people will this cost to Turkey? How many people will be killed in Turkey and Syria just because Western brothers wanted blood?

By Oz | 7 January 2013 4:11 PM

@ H. - nothing unless you are working in the private sector.

By Roger Blij | 7 January 2013 5:18 PM

And how much would it cost the taxpayer if Turkey and Syria were to go to war? As they say, a stitch in time saves nine.

By Fitz - | 7 January 2013 5:19 PM

Turkey needs to be protected. That's what friends are for.

By Jan K. | 7 January 2013 5:40 PM

I find the above comments incredible. How selfish can people get? We live in a world where we need to help protect each other and every country in the world has at some point benefitted from the help and protection of another. That's what the UN was created for almost 70 years ago. We need to work together to help wipe out the effects of violent, crazy dictators. It's not the Turkish people's fault that their country borders Syria!

By expat | 8 January 2013 8:52 AM

@Expat, @Jan K., I fully concur.

By the way, strictly speaking this isn't about the UN, it's about the NATO, and it was Turkey who requested the NATO for placing patriots along the border for defensive purposes only.
The Netherlands, being a NATO member, and one of the few with a patriot missile system, with over 400 years of trading relations with Turkey, I don't see any reason why NL shouldn't help Turkey out.

@Fitz It's extremely unlikely that Turkey will confront Syria, what benefits will Turkey get by doing that?

I'm surprised how misinformed some of the comment posters are.

By Subass | 9 January 2013 12:24 PM

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