US and France have secret anti-terrorism centre

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4 July 2005, WASHINGTON - The U.S. and France set up a top-secret anti- terrorism centre in Paris that does not gather information, but plans covert operations against terrorists, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing unnamed U.S. and foreign secret service specialists.

4 July 2005

WASHINGTON - The U.S. and France set up a top-secret anti- terrorism centre in Paris that does not gather information, but plans covert operations against terrorists, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing unnamed U.S. and foreign secret service specialists.

The centre, codenamed 'Alliance Base', was set up in 2002 by the U.S. spy service CIA and the French DGSE secret service and is run by a French general, the report said.

According to the newspaper, the centre is a unique set-up as several countries contribute to it, meaning that agents from Germany, the U.K., Canada and Australia are at its disposal, working on specific cases.

The facility permits German secret service agents, for example, to view criminal records from the police that would not be permitted under German law.

One example of the Alliance Base's planned operations involves German convert to Islam Christian Ganczarski.

The suspected terrorist was deported from Saudi Arabia to Germany in June 2003 and was taken into French custody in an undercover operation when he was changing planes in Paris.

DPA

Subject: German news

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