After Pulling Away from the U.S. and NATO, Turkey Has Requested American Missiles to Defend against Russia

With Syria, Russia, and Iran engaged in a major offensive to subdue the northwest Syrian city of Idlib and its environs, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has increased his country’s support for the rebels there. He has recently requested that the U.S. supply his army with Patriot missiles to defend against Russian air power. Last year, however, Erdogan rejected an opportunity to receive Patriots, opting instead for the Russian-suppled S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, which has essentially made close military cooperation with the U.S. and NATO impossible. Bobby Ghosh considers America’s options:



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