Syrian insurgents (file photo)
British and German media have disclosed that spies from the two European countries are providing insurgents in Syria with intelligence about the movements of Syrian troops.

UK’s Sunday Times quoted an unnamed Syrian official as saying that British spies, based in Cyprus, gather the intelligence. They then pass it on to Turkish and American sources and the Turkish sources ultimately pass on the intelligence to Syrian insurgents.

The disclosure provided further evidence that British intelligence is playing a covert role in the anti-Syria campaign.

The official said Britain has two military bases in Cyprus, one in Dhekelia and the other in Akrotiri.

“British intelligence is observing things closely from Cyprus,” the official told the newspaper. “The British are giving the information to the Turks and the Americans….”

“The British monitor communications about movements of the government Army,” the official noted.

The British foreign secretary has already confirmed that London is supplying Syrian insurgents with body armor and medical and communications equipment.

Meanwhile, German weekly Bild am Sonntag has revealed that German spooks, stationed off the Syrian coast and also active at a NATO base in Turkey, are providing the insurgents in Syria with information about the movements of government forces.

The paper added that agents from Germany’s foreign intelligence service operate on ships off the Syrian coast and use hi-tech devices that allow them to see movements of Syrian forces 600 kilometers (400 miles) inside the Arab state.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factor behind the unrest and deadly violence, while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

The government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed insurgents are foreign nationals.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation.


Bild am Sonntag: German Spies in Ships Off Syrian Coast Relay Information to Terrorists

Aug 19, 2012

BERLIN, (SANA) – German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that German spies are stationed in ships off the Syrian coast are relaying information to help the armed terrorist group.

The paper said that agents from the German Federal Intelligence Service are operating from ships deployed off the Syrian coast, using technology that allows them to monitor the Syrian armed forces up to a distance 600 kilometers inland.

The paper said that these spies report to US and British officers who in turn relay the information to the terrorists in Syria, adding that German intelligence agents are operating from the NATO base in Adana, Turkey.

The paper quoted a German intelligence official as saying that Germany can be proud of its significant contribution to the armed opposition, and also reported that a US official who wishes to remain anonymous said that no other western intelligence organization has good resources in Syria like German intelligence.

On a relevant note, a spokesperson of the German Defense Ministry confirmed that a German ship is operating in the area and will continue to do so for several months, but refused to give any details on this current mission.

Recently, German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere admitted to his country’s involvement in supporting the armed groups in Syria.

H. Sabbagh