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Pentagon to send missiles, troops to Turkey
 
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Thursday, after the deadliest day for civilians so far this year.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Thursday, after the deadliest day for civilians so far this year.
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The Pentagon has said it will send Patriot air defense missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO effort meant to protect Turkey from a potential Syrian missile attack. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed the order on Friday en route to Turkey from Afghanistan. Panetta has not mentioned how soon the missiles will be deployed nor how long they will remain in Turkey.

 

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