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U.S. Spies On Syrian Regime For ISIS Data

Published on 02 November 2014, by M. Tomazy.
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.

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.

Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad
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