GCHQ’s Cyprus base to play key intelligence role ahead of any US-led Syria intervention

GCHQ facilities in Cyprus are expected to play a key role in collecting intelligence which will inform any military strike against Syria despite Parliament last week voting against the UK joining in with any potential attack.

The Cheltenham-based listening post has a presence on the island which is used to intercept messages from across the Middle East.

The information gathered by the island facility, which is just 100 miles off the coast of Syria, is likely to be handed over to the US military ahead of any missile strike against President Bashar al-Assad.

Whitehall sources have said that the MP vote last week only covered direct military intervention and did not cover sharing intelligence which will continue.

The US government contributes to the island post’s costs.

Full article: GCHQ’s Cyprus base to play key intelligence role ahead of any US-led Syria intervention (Gloucestershire ECHO Online)

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