Press and Information Office of the Federal Government
January 8, 2014
Bundeswehr to Continue to Help Protect Turkey
German troops will continue to help protect Turkey. Germany’s air defense missiles are part of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) integrated air defense.
The mandate for the Active Fence mission is to be extended unchanged until January 31, 2015. The ceiling on German troops will remain at 400. Currently about 310 soldiers are serving in Turkey.
The extension of the mandate must still be approved by the German Bundestag.
At the end of 2012 Turkey requested that NATO station Patriot air defense guided missile systems on its soil…In early November 2013 Turkey requested an extension. The role of German troops is to remain purely defensive.
Turkey is still the NATO member state most seriously threatened by the conflict in Syria. Continuing tension along the Syrian-Turkish border underscores the threat…
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