The United States and Germany said they will pull Patriot missile batteries from southernTurkey after a reassessment of the threats stemming from the conflict in neighboring Syria.

The U.S. Patriots, in Turkey as part of a broader NATO mission since 2013, will be redeployed to the United States for upgrades, according to a joint Turkish-U.S. statement on Sunday.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced at the weekend that Berlin would let its three-year Patriot mission lapse in January instead of seeking parliamentary approval to extend it. […]