posted on Jan, 12 2006 @ 06:47 PM
German media sources are reporting that the German intelligence agency BND assisted the United States in targeting Saddam Hussein regime assets in the
early days of the Iraq War, despite earlier claims by the German government that the country was not involved in the war in any way. According to the
newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung
and NDR television, German agents remained in Iraq throughout the war and provided direct intelligence support
to the U.S. military that was used to target attacks. The BND confirmed that a few of its agents were in Iraq during the war, but has denied that they
were directly involved in providing targeting intelligence data.
Jan 12, 2006 — BERLIN (Reuters) - German spies in Baghdad helped U.S. warplanes strike at least one target during the 2003 Iraq war despite
Berlin's statements it was not involved in the conflict, German media reported on Thursday.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and NDR television said two agents of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency remained in Iraq throughout the
war, supplying U.S. counterparts with information.
"They gave us direct support. They gave us information for targeting," NDR quoted a former U.S. military official as saying in a preview of a
programme to be broadcast later on Thursday.
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This is a pretty surprising report, given the vocal oppositions the Germans had always expressed regarding the war. It may not be well received at
home, but will likely make Germany look better to Americans before Merkel's anticipated visit to Washington.