The withdrawal came despite Ankara’s appeal for its NATO allies to keep their Patriot missiles in the country, as Russia started air raids on Islamic State targets in Syria on Sept. 30 and Russian fighters breached Turkish airspace twice on Oct. 3 and 4.
The U.S. Patriots were stationed in Gaziantep in 2013 with 300 U.S. troops as a counter-defense against possible missile attacks from Syria. Germany and the Netherlands also deployed the missiles in Turkey.
Germany is set to withdraw its missiles next week.
TAP – Has some deal been struck between Putin and NATO? Putin starts flying sorties against ISIS in Syria, and the next week NATO starts withdrawing missiles from Turkey.