U.S. spies on Syrian regime for ISIL data -report

With a limited ability to gather intelligence in Syria, U.S. spies have been tapping the Communications of President Bashar al-Assad’s Regime for information on ISIL, WSJ claims

U.S. spies on Syrian regime for ISIL data -report

World Bulletin/News Desk

Spy infrastructure that was set up to monitor the Syrian regime by the U.S. also yielding unexpected intelligence over the ISIL, Wall Street Journal claims in its report.

According to the report, the data from the intercepted communications has helped guide American military operations in Syria and Iraq, current and former U.S. officials with knowledge of the operations said.

The operations come as ISIL militants dramatically curtail their cellphone and radio communications in response to American airstrikes, limiting the amount of direct signals-intelligence the U.S. can collect on the group, the WSJ reports quoting unnamed officials. The U.S. has no diplomatic relations with Syria and the Central Intelligence Agency doesn’t enter due to security risks, further curtailing the information gathering it conducts in Iraq and other countries.

WSJ report continues as following:

"The U.S. has been spying on Assad regime officials discussing the movements and status of ISIL fighters that they, too, are battling amid Syria’s civil war. The information gleaned by American spies has helped the U.S. understand the shifting strategic targets of ISIL and to guide decisions over military targets.

Still, U.S. military planners don’t have great confidence in the intercepted communications and treat them skeptically. The data primarily serve to corroborate other intelligence reports—both those based on secret and on publicly sourced information, U.S. officials said."

The report also stated that "American officials debated once again whether to permit CIA to go into Syria and concluded that it would be too risky because the U.S. has no military presence on the ground there to protect them from any hostile forces." Because of these concerns, "U.S. intelligence agencies are increasingly leaning on proxies to spy for them" and "Syrian rebels the CIA has been training for more than a year" are main source of informaiton on the ground.

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