Jordan asks deployment Patriot missile in its region bordering Syria to protect territory 2805131
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|Tuesday, May 28, 2013 03:47 AM|
|Jordan asks the deployment of Patriot missile in its region bordering Syria to protect its territory.|
Jordan is mulling deployment of Patriot missiles in its region bordering Syria in order to protect its territory from the spiralling conflict which is spilling over into neighbouring countries. "Jordan wishes to deploy Patriot missile batteries in order to boost its defence capabilities and help protect the country. We are currently at the stage of talks with friendly states," Jordanian Information Minister Mohammad Momani said during a press conference.
A picture taken on March 11, 2003 shows a Dutch soldier standing by a Patriot anti-missile battery at the Diyarbakir military airport in southeastern Turkey.
Turkey deployed Patriot missile batteries in its territory close to Syria earlier this year. A Nato source has also told AFP that four more Patriot missile batteries have arrived in the country.
"We wish and we demand Patriot missiles. We always talk about this because we want to protect ourselves," Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur told the Qatar-based al-Sharq daily earlier, acknowledging that a request has already been made to Washington.
US Republican Senator John McCain also recently said that Washington is ready to supply missile batteries to Jordan acceding to the request made by Jordanian authorities.