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      Archive: 12/3/2012
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        12/3/2012, Kislev 19, 5773

      NATO Talks Begin Tuesday: Syrian Conflict Tops Agenda


      NATO will open two days of talks Tuesday, and the 21-month conflict in Syria, which has claimed 41,000 lives, is set to top the agenda.

      A senior US State Department official said Washington was "hopeful that NATO will be in a position to respond positively and agree to help Turkey bolster its air defences" by approving Ankara's request to deploy Patriot missiles on the border with Syria.

      "If NATO takes a positive decision to do it ... I think it would still probably be at least a matter of weeks," the official said.