A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
A Syrian opposition fighter sits at the top of a mountain in the vicinity of a rebel camp in the Idlib province countryside, Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. will continue to provide two Patriot missile batteries in Turkey for another year as part of that country's air defenses while the civil war rages on in Syria.
Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog says Hagel met with Turkey's foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, on Monday and said the missiles will remain. They are under NATO command and Turkey requested they stay another year. They also discussed the effort to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has a plan to destroy Syria's estimated 1,300-ton arsenal, which includes mustard gas and sarin, outside Syria, but has yet to find a country willing to host the risky operation.
The operation began with inspections more than a month ago.
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