Iran’s chief of staff Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said Saturday that deploying NATO Patriot missiles along Turkey’s border with Syria could lead to a "world war" that would threaten Europe as well. Turkey asked NATO for the Patriot systemto help bolster its border security after repeated episodes of gunfire from war-torn Syria spilling into Turkish territory. "Each one of these Patriots is a black mark on the world map, and is meant to cause a world war," Firouzabadi said, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency. "They are making plans for a world war, and this is very dangerous for the future of humanity and for the future of Europe itself."
Friday, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order to send two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey along with 400 US crew personnel.