The German government decided on Jan. 7 to extend deployment of the Patriot missiles in Turkey as part of a NATO mission to protect the country against possible threats from neighboring Syria.

The decision foresees that the mission will continue until Jan. 31, 2015, with the possibility of a further extension. The mission will involve up to 400 troops from the German military.

Following ythe decision, the German government will seek authorization this month from the Federal Parliament, the Bundestag. […]