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General Security Directorate (Template:Lang-ar, Idarat al-Amn al-Amm) is the most important civil intelligence service of Syria. [1] Its divisions are:

  • Division of Homeland Security
  • Division of External Security
  • Division of Palestinian Affairs

[2] It belongs to the jurisdiction of the ministry of the interior. [3] In 2001 Hisham Bakhtiar became the head of Idarat al-Amn al-Amm, replacing Ali Hammoud, who became minister of the interior. [4] General Bakhtiar is close to Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law Assef Shawkat. [5] In the late 20th century Maj. Gen Ali Houri was director of Idarat al-Amn al-Amm. [6] The service was in competition with Idarat al-Amn al-Siyasi in the late 20th century. [7] Gen. Ghazi Kanaan possibly headed international security of Idarat al-Amn al-Amm in the late 20th century. [8]

Other intelligence agencies of Syria [9]Edit

Reference list Edit

  1. http://www.desinfos.com/article.php?id_article=3899
  2. http://www.desinfos.com/article.php?id_article=3899
  3. http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/world/syria/index.html
  4. http://www.meib.org/articles/0202_s1.htm
  5. http://www.esisc.org/recherche.php?page=5&Pays=SYRIE
  6. http://www.meib.org/articles/0007_s3.htm
  7. http://www.esisc.org/recherche.php?page=5&Pays=SYRIE
  8. http://www.meib.org/articles/0007_s3.htm
  9. http://www.osar.ch/2006/10/02/syr-update

External links Edit

Template:External national intelligence agenciesde:Idarat al-Amn al-Amm fr:Idarat al-Amn al-Amm

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