JORDAN SPYING WITH CHINA
Jordan’s intelligence service, a close ally of the CIA, has begun working with China’s Ministry of State Security, according to the Paris-based newsletter Intelligence Online.
The newsletter reported recently that the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate has stepped up cooperation with the MSS due to the growing threat of jihadist terror in neighboring Syria.
“Caught in the middle of the jihadist crisis in the Middle East, Amman needs allies,” the newsletter stated, adding that cooperation with other Chinese intelligence services also has increased.
The report said the spy agencies are sharing data on Chinese Muslim fighters that have joined Islamist rebels in Syria, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the official al Qaeda affiliate, Al Nusra Front.
“The Jordanian intelligence services fear the country will become the jihadists’ rear base in the region, while the Guoanbu, like western intelligence services, is concerned about the return home of battle-hardened fighters,” the report said using the Chinese term for the MSS.
China has launched a crackdown on Turkish speaking Uighurs from Xinjiang after several recent terror attacks. According to the newsletter, China believes that Turkey’s intelligence service, the Milli Istihbarat Teskilati, is facilitating the Chinese terrorists’ entry into Syria and Iraq.
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