There are several weird elements in the missile defense drama suddenly being played out in Turkey. Alert readers won’t be surprised that two of those weird elements are Russia and Iran.
Seemingly out of the blue, Germany announced this past weekend that the German contingent of two Patriot missile batteries, deployed to Turkey as a defensive measure in January 2013 – against the threat of Syrian Scuds – would be withdrawn ahead of schedule.
Within hours, the U.S. had made the same announcement about the American Patriot missiles that were deployed to Turkey at the same time. The German and American contingents represent four of the five NATO Patriot batteries now in Turkey (the fifth is from Spain). The four units will be gone by the end of 2015. Continue reading “Patriot missiles being removed from Turkey were hacked, given ‘unexplained orders’”