Germany’s main intelligence agency, the BND, has renewed its intelligence sharing program with the Assad government a Syria, a move which appears to have in no small part been prompted by parliaments authorization of German involvement in the ISIS war.
Among Western nations, Germany has more historic ties with the Assad government than most, and early in the US war against ISIS in Syria, the US did some limited information sharing with Syria by way of German intelligence community contacts.
The resumption of full-scale intelligence sharing, however, could serve to be controversial with so many Western nations demanding the immediate ouster of Assad as part of the increasingly complex settlement goals of the civil war. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given lip-service to removing Assad in the “long-term,” but has not been as loud in demanding an immediate removal.
Germany’s military involvement in the ISIS war is intended to be a support role, with a frigate dispatched, along with 1,200 troops to the region. Six surveillance planes are flying over Syria to provide some information to the nations conducting direct strikes.
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