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Possibility that Germany helped the U.S. just prior to invasion of Iraq.

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posted on Jan, 12 2006 @ 01:48 PM
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign intelligence agency denied on Thursday reports its spies in Baghdad had helped U.S. warplanes select bombing targets during the invasion of Iraq, which the Berlin government had strongly opposed.




German agents in Baghdad at the start of the Iraq war "gave us direct support. They gave us information for targeting," NDR television quoted a former U.S. military official as saying.

He said that on April 7, 2003 -- 18 days after the U.S. bombing began -- the Americans had received a report that a convoy of Mercedes cars, one of them possibly carrying Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, had been sighted in a Baghdad suburb.

The ex- Pentagon official said the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency asked the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign spy service, to send one of its Baghdad agents to the suburb of Mansur to check the tip.

After he confirmed the presence of the convoy, the report said, a U.S. plane dropped four bombs on the target area, killing at least 12 civilians, according to the report.

A BND spokesman confirmed the presence of two German intelligence agents in Iraq before and during the U.S.-led invasion. But he said the report, also published in the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, was "false and distorted."


Well...theres something you don't expect...Germany helping the U.S. to bomb Iraq, just to make sure we are bombing the right targets because of that fiasco in 99 bombing of Serbia. How nice of them.

Need help on link please.




[edit on 12-1-2006 by deltaboy]

Mod Edit: Fixed Link.

[edit on 12/1/2006 by Mirthful Me]




posted on Jan, 12 2006 @ 02:00 PM
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posted on Jan, 12 2006 @ 02:09 PM
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Report: German spies helped U.S. Bombers in Iraq war

German spies in Baghdad helped U.S. Bombers confirm at least one target during the 2003 Iraq war despite Berlin's assertion it was not involved at all in the conflict, German television reported on Thursday.

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Opposition politicians seized on the report as evidence the then government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had secretly backed the U.S.-led war while making political capital from condemning it in public.

Some demanded an investigation of the security services' role, both in Iraq and in the wider U.S.-led war on terrorism.

"If the reports are confirmed, the previous government can no longer state that it didn't take part in the Iraq war," said Juergen Koppelin, a liberal Free Democrat member of parliament.

German agents in Baghdad at the start of the Iraq war "gave us direct support. They gave us information for targeting," NDR television quoted a former U.S. military official as saying.

He said that on April 7, 2003 -- 18 days after the U.S. bombing began -- the Americans had received a report that a convoy of Mercedes cars, one of them possibly carrying Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, had been sighted in a Baghdad suburb.

The ex-Pentagon official said the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency asked the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign spy service, to send one of its Baghdad agents to the suburb of Mansur to check the tip.

After he confirmed the presence of the convoy, the report said, a U.S. plane dropped four bombs on the target area, killing at least 12 civilians, according to the report.

A BND spokesman confirmed the presence of two German intelligence agents in Iraq before and during the U.S.-led invasion. But he said the report, also published in the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, was "false and distorted".

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