Patriot Missile Troops in Turkey
[An Nahar] U.S. troops began arriving in Turkey on Friday to man Patriot missile batteries against threats from neighboring Syria, where the 21-month conflict between the regime and rebels has escalated.

Syrian air and ground forces were pounding gun-hung tough guys dug in outside Damascus
...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat...
in a ferocious offensive being waged a day after a boom-mobile in the north of the capital killed at least 11 people, according to the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The arrival of the U.S. personnel specialized in the six Patriot systems to be deployed on the Turkey-Syria border in the coming weeks under a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
agreement highlighted fears that Syria's civil war could suck in other nations in the region.

Cross-border fire has already erupted on several occasions in recent months from combatants in Syria into Turkey, Leb and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The United States last month also expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
s that there were signs Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
could be preparing to use chemical agents in missiles or aerial bombs as a last-ditch measure against the bully boys.

The U.S. military's European Command (EUCOM) said on Friday that the troops being sent to Turkey's Incirlik air base would swell to 400 within days to support the two U.S. Patriot batteries being supplied by America.

Posted by: Fred 2013-01-05