The German weekly Bild am Sonntag has revealed that German ships stationed off the coast of Syria are providing the Syrian rebels with information about the movements of Assad regime forces.
According to the newspaper, the ships are equipped with the most modern telecommunications and reconnaissance technology of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) that can tape phone conversations and intercept radio messages inside Syria. This enables the ship to trace the manuevers of the Syrian army at a distance of up to 600 kilometers inland.
British and American intelligence agencies are also involved in transferring information to the rebels, although they take no part in collecting the data, the report claimed.
Meanwhile, a German government spokesman said the government did not comment on foreign intelligence service activities. The German intelligence service declined to comment.
An official from Germany's BND foreign intelligence service told the weekly newspaper: "We can be proud of the significant contribution we are making to the fall of the Assad regime."
At the same time, the British Sunday Times newspaper claims that Libya is increasing deliveries of weapons including missile systems to Syrian rebels. However, it did not explain exactly how weapons are being sent to rebels.
Moreover, the same paper earlier this week quotes a Syrian opposition source as saying that the British secret intelligence service (MI6) is helping the anti-Assad opposition in Syria by providing the Free Syrian Army with information about the movements of Assad regime forces.
The West as well as most of the Arab states are demanding Assad step down as part of any political deal to end the 17-month conflict but is opposed by Syria's traditional allies in Moscow and Beijing which see it as foreign-imposed regime change.
In related news, United Nations observers have begun to leave Syria as their mission officially expires on Sunday, at midnight.
The U.N. Security Council has refused to extend the mission’s mandate on security grounds, however, the mission was ineffective in stopping or even slowing down the violence against civilians by Assad regime forces supported with armed gangs known as “Shabiha."
On the ground, Syrian revolution general commission reported that fighting took place Monday morning in the area of Suleiman al-Halabi, where helicopters were seen hovering around. At the same time, the regime forces bombed the neighborhoods of Shaar, Izaa, Seif al-Dawla, Tariq al-Bab, Bustan al-Qasr and parts of Salaheddine, which are still in the control of the Free Syrian Army fighters.
On Sunday, the first day of the Muslim occasion of Eid al-Fitr, at least 84 people were killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
The SOHR also reported at least 137 deaths Saturday, and said 16 bodies were discovered in the village of Al-Tall, in the province of Damascus, in a gruesome sign of escalating brutality.
I think the situation is very clear: Russia supports the Syrian regime secretly, but denies this in public. The Western countries are acting the same with the Free Syrian Army. However, this is not enough at all; the Syrian regime controls the air and its possible for them to kill thousands of Syrians with one airstrike. Therefore, a "no-fly zone" decision should be activated as soon as possible.