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NATO team, searching for Patriot missile sites, visits military facilities in southeast Turkey

Turkey's state-run agency says a NATO team surveying sites for the possible deployment of Patriot missiles has inspected military installations in a province in southeastern Turkey.

NATO member Turkey asked allies to deploy the missiles as a defense against any aerial attack from Syria. The country is believed to have several hundred ballistic surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads.

The Anadolu Agency says the delegation on Wednesday visited military facilities in Malatya province, some 200 kilometers (124.28 miles) from the Syrian border. The province is already home to an early warning radar that is part of NATO missile defense system capable of countering ballistic missile threats from Iran.

Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. have the advanced PAC-3 model Patriots that Turkey wants for intercepting ballistic missiles.