ISTANBUL – Turkey’s foreign minister says the United States will deploy a rocket launcher system in southeastern Turkey across the border with Syria.
In interview with the Haberturk newspaper published Tuesday, Mevlut Cavusoglu said US HIMARS missiles would arrive in May as part of a joint effort to combat the Islamic State group. Turkey regularly shells IS targets in northern Syria in response to cross-border rockets which have hit the Turkish town of Kilis. Turkish shells have a range of approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) whereas HIMARS missiles can reach targets 90 kilometers away. HIMARS stands for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.