According to a document released by the WikiLeaks website, undercover U.S.-led NATO forces are operating inside Syria against the Syrian government.
WikiLeaks released a confidential email from an analyst working for the U.S.-based intelligence firm Stratfor, in which the author claims to have attended a meeting in the Pentagon with several NATO officials from France and Britain in December 2011.
The analyst says he learned that U.S.-led NATO troops are already on the ground in Syria, training armed gangs.
“SOF [special operation forces] teams (presumably from the US, UK, France, Jordan and Turkey) are already on the ground, focused on recce [reconnaissance] missions and training opposition forces,” the analyst wrote in the letter.
The Stratfor analyst went on to say that “the idea ‘hypothetically’ is to commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns” to overthrow the Syrian government.
The letter reports military experts as saying that the United States has a “high tolerance for killings” and will not carry out airstrikes on Syria unless a special situation arises.
The information in the letter comes from one of the 5 million emails obtained by internet hacker group Anonymous in December 2011 and passed to Wikileaks, which is currently publishing them. Stratfor has made no comment on the emails but has also not been able to refute their authenticity.
Meanwhile, armed gangs operating in Syria recently admitted that they have received military equipment from France and Britain to attack government forces.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday that the people of Syria are determined to eradicate the terrorist groups operating in the country and pursue reforms. He added that foreign forces are seeking to undermine the Syrian government.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Hundreds of people, including security forces have been killed since then.
The United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey have supported measures against Assad’s government.