Germany rejects report U.S. asked for German Patriot missiles to protect Israel
German Defense Minister Peter Struck on Sunday dismissed as false a newspaper report that the United States had asked for a commitment of German anti-aircraft missiles if there is an attack on Iraq.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Sunday quoted anonymous German government sources as saying the United States has asked for German Patriot missiles, though has not said where they were needed. The sources speculated, however, that they might be needed for the defense of Israel or Turkey.
Struck, speaking on ZDF television rejected the report. "The rockets were not requested," he said. (Albawaba.com)