From a reader: ""Anders Fogh Rasmussen: Yes. I can confirm that we have detected the launch of scud-type missiles. We strongly regret that act and I consider it acts of a desperate regime approaching collapse. The fact that such missiles are used in Syria emphasizes the need for effective defence and protection of our Ally, Turkey. Let me stress that the launch, the recent launch of missiles has not hit Turkish territory. But of course, there is a potential threat, and this is exactly the reason why NATO Allies decided to deploy patriot missiles in Turkey for a defensive purpose only, but with the aim to ensure effective defence and protection of the Turkish population and Turkish territory.""