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Patriot deployment: Peace at last?

12-20-2012 11:14 BJT Special Report: Crisis in Syria |

German troops have started arriving in Turkey ahead of the planned NATO deployment of Patriot missiles along the Turkish-Syria border. The United States, Germany and the Netherlands are sending a total of six Patriot batteries to Turkey and they’re expected to be in operation within the next few weeks.

But in northern Syria there’s little enthusiasm about the anticipated arrival of the advanced surface-to-air missiles as Kate Parkinson reports.

Azaz is one of Syria’s opposition strongholds.

Just three miles from the Turkish border, in an area dominated by the rebels, life is about as close to normal as it can be in a country ravaged by war.

Azaz resident Khaled Kanno said, "It is secure here, but with the fighter jets in the sky we can never be totally secure. It’s safe on the ground so we can move around freely. But the sky belongs to Assad and unfortunately he does us it to attack us."

Just last weekend the notion of normality was shattered when Syrian warplanes targeted the town.

Reporter: “Even areas that are so called rebel strongholds are still vulnerable to attacks from the air. People here in Azaz say the Patriot missiles will make no difference to their safety. They say what they need is a no-fly zone enforced across the whole of northern Syria.”

The Patriots could be used to enforce a no-fly zone because they’re capable shooting down aircraft as well as missiles, but NATO officials say that is not the intention and the missile installation is strictly a defensive move.

But for Kador Hanzel, whose home was destroyed in Sunday’s airstrike, it’s a symbolic gesture and completely meaningless unless the missiles are actually used.

Hanzel said, "Maybe they are putting them there so there can be military intervention in the future. Or maybe they’re just worried about themselves. But Syrian jets have flown into Turkish airspace before and they’ve not used anti-aircraft missiles so why would they now."

If NATO did use the Patriots it would by a sharp escalation in the West’s involvement in Syria’s conflict something no one here expects anytime soon. And so for now people try to live a normal life while keeping one eye on the sky.

 

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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