Who is behind mystery spy devices dropped over Syria?

Radio transmitters found in Afrin, SyriaBy JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
On December 14, residents of a small town in northern Syria reported seeing unidentified aircraft circling overhead, and dropping several small items attached to mini-parachutes. Two days ago, one local resident, Adnan Mustafa, posted on Facebook several photographs of some of these items, which were found scattered around the area. The gadgets, pictured here, look suspiciously like surreptitious listening devices. Residents say the question is: who dropped them, and why? The devices were found in the hills around Afrin, a predominantly ethnic-Kurdish town 20 miles south of the Syrian-Turkish border. Local townsfolk said the flight patterns of the planes observed on December 14 resembled those of previous sightings of Turkish aircraft, which routinely invade Syrian airspace before returning to the Turkish air base in Incirlik, about 100 miles north of Afrin. Syrian newspaper Al-Hakikah (The Truth), which supports the opposition Syrian National Council for Truth, Justice and Reconciliation, said the suspected spy gadgets weigh about 90 grams each and bear “Made in Germany” labels, as well as “GRAW DFM-06” inscriptions. Graw is a Nuremberg-based German company that produces radiosondes, small radio transmitters used in weather balloons, that measure various atmospheric parameters and transmit them to fixed receivers. But Al-Hakikah reports that the devices found in Afrin seem to transmit GPS coordinates, and appear to have been modified to intercept radio communications. Some suspect that the devices are aimed at eavesdropping on the communications of Syrian government troops and of Syrian Air Force planes, which are engaged in an increasingly bloody conflict against the opposition Syrian National Council. This, says Al-Hakikah might point to American intelligence agencies, which are known to support the opposition Syrian Free Army, as the originators of the modified radiosondes. But others speculate that the devices may have been dropped by Turkish military planes, in an attempt to monitor suspected activities of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed secessionist group fighting the Turkish state, which is known to operate from bases in northern Syria. Last August, leading Turkish newspaper Zaman published a classified report from Turkey’s main intelligence directorate, the MİT, which said that the Syrian government had started to support PKK guerrillas in an attempt to win over Syria’s ethnic Kurds in its fight against the opposition Syrian National Council.

6 Responses to Who is behind mystery spy devices dropped over Syria?

  1. dduck says:

    It’s one of the _main_ functions of a radiosonde to transmit it’s own coordinates received by GPS in order to trace it’s way up the atmosphere to measure the wind components while hanging under a helium filled ballon :o) Back on the ground it’s just a piece of garbage, nothing else…

  2. Joe says:

    i am. got a problem with that?

  3. Carl Clark says:

    I would be very careful, if i found these as they could be construed as being part of a spy ring and endanger anyone finding them, this could also be part of a psy op by the CIA to frighten Assad by pointing to many out there being part of the insurrection, this is not the case, many are just caught up in the mayhem, being fuelled by western provocation.

  4. Trevor James says:

    Looks like an ordinary transmitter for weather balloons. As much as that sounds like an MIB cop-out.

  5. RAMSEY RADWAN says:


  6. Paul Wynter says:

    The item is a graw DFM 06 radiosonde launched by either Jordan Met service or Turkish Met service and is identical to those launched everyday by hundreds of met services world wide. It is ONLY used for telling you the temperature pressure humidity windspeed and direction of wind.The batteries last for 1 hour before it is kaput, when the balloon burst it fall to earth! I sell them in the uk so I know all about them. If you pulled off the batch number they can tell you where it was delivered to. They are not allowed under any circumstances to sell this equipment to Syria. If it is non-Graw, ask those companies directly as they may have a different sales ethics! BTW they have a small transmit antenna on them for the telemetry data and can be heard on the 406 Mhz weather band. Even some radio amateurs have published a way of listening to them and reading back the simple data!!.

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