The United States will withdraw its Patriot missile batteries from Turkey in October after bolstering Ankara's air defences against threats from Syria's civil war.         

A joint Turkish-US statement said the NATO mandate for the two-year mission will end in October and will not be renewed.

The statement said US is prepared to return Patriot assets and personnel to Turkey within one week if needed.

It also emphasised that Washington remains committed to support Turkey's air defense capabilities, including against ballistic missile risks and threats.


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