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German spies 'active on rebel side in Syria'

The Local · 19 Aug 2012, 11:58

Published: 19 Aug 2012 09:58 GMT+02:00
Updated: 19 Aug 2012 11:58 GMT+02:00

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According to a report in Sunday’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Germany's foreign intelligence service (BND) is behind the mission.

The BND is operating ships in Syrian waters that are designed to detect troop movements 600 kilometres (400 miles) inland. German agents then pass their findings onto US and British intelligence services, who then hand it over to Syrian rebel forces.

“No western intelligence service has such good sources inside Syria" as the BND,” Bild am Sonntag quoted an unnamed US official as saying.

A defence ministry spokesman told news agency AFP it was "correct that a ship is currently on an operation in the region that is due to last several months" but denied it was a "spy boat" as it has been presented in the German press.

"We do not give out information regarding operational details of the current mission," the spokesman added.

But the role of the BND doesn’t end here. German agents are also stationed at the NATO base in the Turkish city of Adana, where they are active in helping the Syrian opposition movement.

"We can be proud of the significant contribution we are making to the fall of the Assad regime," a BND official told the newspaper.

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Germany doesn’t back foreign military intervention in Syria. But earlier this month Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Germany can help to solve the crisis by providing humanitarian aid and logistical support.

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12:02 August 19, 2012 by steel jaws
This is just another breach of the German basic law by a German government, which repeatedly shows no respect for the Written Constitution of Germany, in which acts of war are only allowed in cases of self defence.

Although Germany is always claiming that it does not back foreign military intervention in Syria, it can be well remembered how German spies were also used in Iraq despite all denials.

Under Thomas de Maiziere, perhaps the title Defence Minister should be changed to War Minister, at least that would genuinely describe his activities.

The excuse (providing humanitarian aid and logistical support), was also the reason given for taking part in the Afghan war. Once more young Germans are serving overseas and risking their lives for politicians who are not ready to call a spade a spade. Far too many such young people lost their lives in the last century because governments did not tell them the truth.

The song ­ When will they ever learn ­ unfortunately completely sums up the political scene as it is today.
13:58 August 19, 2012 by tumanskaya
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23:01 August 19, 2012 by cheeba
The fact is that the "intelligence" is far more significant than a few clips of ammunition in modern warfare. I find calling this "non lethal" assistance is a damnable lie.

If one Syrian soldier is killed as a result of this "intelligence" then Ms Merkel should be brought up on charges of murder, as well as violationg the constitution.
10:40 August 20, 2012 by raandy
The news media is based on sensationalism not the truth. Having your own intel is important in making decisions for or against an issue or conflict.
22:29 August 20, 2012 by grazhdanin
Is there a 'crisis'? Thanks for bringing it to light.
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