The U.S. could supply the country with the Patriot missile defense supra as support for Ankara amid the situation in Idlib.
Turkey has asked the United States to deploy two Patriot anti-aircraft batteries along its southern border with Syria. This is reported by Anadolu on Friday, February 21.
“Yes, we are aware that we have received a request. However, at the moment the decision (in the issue of placing the Patriot missile defense system in Turkey) has not been taken,” the Turkish agency quotes the American official as saying.
He added that Ankara’s request had been made “recently”.
The day before, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said in an interview with CNN Turk that the U.S. could deploy Patriot missile defense systems in the country as support for Ankara in the situation unfolding in Idlib province.
Earlier on Thursday, Turkish-backed rebels backed by the Turkish military launched a counter-offensive to retake the town of Nairobi in eastern Idlib province.
At the same time, the Turkish Defense Ministry said two soldiers were killed and five wounded in an airstrike in the Syrian province of Idlib.