Sunday, August 19, 2012

Syria Rebels 'Aided By British Intelligence'

Forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad have reportedly used helicopter gunfire and mortars in the battle for Aleppo, amid fresh claims British intelligence is helping rebel fighters to oust the Syrian leader.

According to an opposition official, information on Syrian troop movements is helping rebels launch successful attacks on regime forces in the second city, where both sides have been locked in fierce fighting for weeks.

"British intelligence is observing things closely from Cyprus," the official told The Sunday Times.

"It's very useful because they find out a great deal.

"The British are giving the information to the Turks and the Americans and we are getting it from the Turks."

The newspaper quoted the official as saying British authorities "know about and approve 100%" intelligence from their Cyprus military bases being passed through Turkey to the rebel troops of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Read More