Ankara, Turkey: The Dutch army operate Patriot missile batteries sent to Turkey from NATO countries. A contingent of 1,200 soldiers will operate these missiles sent by United States, Germany and the Netherlands, reports Dispatch News Desk (DND).
Since NATO troops started to arrive in Turkey, there have been protests by Islamist and leftist groups. In the town of Kahramanmaras protesters burnt US, NATO and Israeli flags.
About 400 German troops will man the Patriot batteries in Kahramanmaras and will live in a Turkish army barrack overlooking the town, which is about 100 kilometers north of the Syrian border.