Germany’s foreign intelligence service has been aiding Syrian rebels in their battle against President Assad’s regime, reported a German newspaper this week.
The Bild am Sonntag stated that a German boat stationed at a Turkish NATO base has spying equipment that can detect Syrian troop movements up to 600km inland. This information, along with telephone and radio conversations and information from sources inside Assad’s regime, is allegedly being passed to US and British intelligence services, who are in turn handing it to the rebels.
A source from the Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND, Germany’s intelligence service allegedly told the paper,
“We can be proud of the significant contribution we are making to the fall of the Assad regime,”
The paper also stated that a US official commented "no Western intelligence service has such good sources inside Syria" as Germany's BND.
A defence ministry spokesman confirmed “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 and declined to comment further.