An Italian Eurosam SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne Portée/Terrestre) long-range air defence unit has arrived in southern Turkey's Kahramamaras province as part of NATO measures to reinforce Turkey's border defences against a possible Syrian missile threat.Syrian missile threat? Not credible
The Italian SAMP/T surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries, which replace German Patriot SAMs that were withdrawn last year, were deployed following a Turkish request to NATO (?) to further bolster the country's restive 900 km long border with Syria, where fighting has intensified between coalition forces and Islamic State militants. The Italian batteries' equipment arrived at the Turkish port of Iskenderun on 5 June and was brought to the military post in Kahramanmaras by 10 trailers, along with 25 Italian Army personnel.
The Turkish port of Iskenderun- Well it is a port in Turkey- that much is true. Of course it's also a naval base in Turkey- But, did the Turks really request these long range missiles AND the Italian troops? I have my doubts.
Italian soldiers based in Turkey- with long range missiles
Italian soldiers based in Iraq- In Mosul. At Mosul dam
Beside the interesting coincidence with the Mosul Dam... Perhaps NATO is going to openly fire on Turkish planes?