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A soldier stands in front of a Patriot system at a Turkish military... News PhotoArmy Soldier,Conflict,Military,Military Base,Order,Patriotism,Standing,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA soldier stands in front of a Patriot system at a Turkish military base in Kahramanmaras on January 31, 2013. A second pair of Patriot missile batteries being sent by NATO countries to defend Turkey against possible attack from Syria are now operational, a German security official said on January 29. The United States, Germany and the Netherlands each committed to sending two batteries and up to 400 soldiers to operate them after Ankara asked for help to bolster its air defences against possible missile attack from Syria. The two German batteries, which have been deployed around the Turkish city of Kahramanmaras some 100 km (60 miles) from the Syrian border, were in position and ready to use, the German security official said. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)