NATO's Top Military Commander Orders AWACS Radar Planes to Turkey

NATO's top military commander in Europe has ordered AWACS surveillance planes to Turkey to watch for any potential attack from Iraq, the alliance announced Friday.

The planes will fly from their base in Geilenkirchen, Germany, to the Turkish air force base in the central city of Konya in the next few days and are scheduled to be flying missions in defense of Turkish air space by Thursday.

The order from Gen. James L. Jones, the supreme allied commander Europe, follows an agreement last weekend among NATO nations to end weeks of stalemate over whether to start military planning to boost Turkey's defenses against the threat of an Iraq air attack.

AWACS stands for airborne warning and control system.