Germany / Turkey
The German Cabinet has agreed to send Patriot missiles as well as up to 400 soldiers to Turkey in order to strengthen Turkish air defense against Syrian missiles striking across the border. In a statement NATO said that “any deployment will be defensive only. It will in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operation”.
Last night, clashes between supporters of President Morsi and the opposition resulted in at least five deaths and more than 200 injured people. As a response, the military has deployed tanks in order to protect the presidential palace. The opposition demands Morsi to revoke the decrees he issued earlier this month which give him almost unrestricted powers. Anti-Morsi protesters claim that pro-government supporters have started the violence and uploaded footage to prove this.
In the city Tripoli in northern Lebanon at least six people were killed because of fights between Assad supporters and those who support the opposition in the Syrian conflict. Tripoli’s population consists of a Sunni majority and an Alawite minority, which is the reason why violence from the Syrian civil war occasionally spills over.
According to Pakistan intelligence officers three Taliban fighters were killed after a US drone fired missiles at a house in the North Waziristan region. A security officer told AFP news agency that the militants were using this house as a compound.