German intelligence helped US in Iraq
German intelligence obtained military plans for Baghdad ahead of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and provided them to American commanders, The New York Times has reported.
The plans were passed on about a month before the offensive began in March 2003 even as US-German ties were at a low over then German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's opposition to the war.
According to the report, the German government released a report last week that said it provided information on developments in Iraq to the US that was gathered by German agents who remained in the country after the invasion.
The information included military and troop activities and the location of Iraqi Special Forces, often ascertained with the help of GPS equipment, the Times said quoting classified material.
The newspaper reported that two German intelligence agents in Baghdad obtained the defence plans for Baghdad, which provided the US with Saddam Hussein's troop deployment plans. It also gave a peep into top-level Iraqi strategy sessions.
Other countries that publicly expressed reservations about the March 2003 invasion also provided help to the invaders that they did not publicly disclose.