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General Security Directorate (Iraq)

 

General Security Directorate (Iraq)

General Security Directorate
Mudiriyat al-Amn al-Amma
مديرية الامن العامة
Agency overview
Formed January 2004
Dissolved March 2004
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Government of Iraq
Headquarters Baghdad, Iraq
Employees 500–2,000
Agency executive
Parent agency Independent

The General Security Directorate (GSD) (مديرية الامن العامة, Mudiriyat al-Amn al-Amma) was the

The GSD was eventually replaced by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service.

Background

After the 2003 invasion of Iraq,

  • Globalsecurity profile of Mudiriyat al-Amn al-Amma
  • Allawi sets up spy agency (The Age, July 2004)
  • Back to the past in Iraq (Jane's Intelligence Digest, July 2004)

External links

  1. ^ Iraq Spy Service Planned by U.S. To Stem Attacks: CIA Said to Be Enlisting Hussein Agents, Washington Post, December 11, 2003
  2. ^ Phoenix Rising, The American Prospect, January 1, 2004

References

In March 2004, Paul Bremer announced the creation of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, headed by Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed al-Shahwani and replaced the GSD. The INIS is funded from secret funds set aside within the Iraq appropriation approved by the US Congress. These secret funds, totalling $3 billion over three years, are said to be destined for covert CIA operations within Iraq (as well as, to a small extent, Afghanistan).[2] al-Shahwani was in the Iraqi military from 1955 until 1984, fled to the UK in 1990 and lost his three sons in the 1996 failed coup organised by INA and the CIA.

In January 2004, the New York Times reported that the creation of the new agency was under way. It was to employ between 500 and 2,000 staff and be financed by the U.S. government. Ibrahim al-Janabi was said to be the main candidate for leading the spy agency. These efforts drew criticism from Ahmed Chalabi, another formerly exiled Iraqi politician who had good connections with the CIA, who voiced worries that the new agency might be used for the restoration of the old Ba'athist security apparatus and follow the well-established pattern of government repression.

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