Missile Defenses in Turkey

As noted in the 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review, Syria possesses a large and highly capable ballistic missile arsenal. The threat posed to the region by those missiles is heightened by the Assad regime’s increasing willingness to employ those missiles against his own people and by what is described as “the most advanced chemical weapons program in the Middle East.” As the Syrian civil war progresses, neighboring countries are taking steps to guarantee their security. Turkey, in particular, has turned to ballistic missile defense.

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