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Military Intelligence
Al-Istikhbarat al-Askariyya

Although initially subordinated to the Ministry of Defense, in the early 1980s it was re-subordinated to report directly to the Presidential Palace. Estimates of the size Istikhabarat staff range from 4,000 to 6,000.

Administration Branch

This Branch is responsible for all administrative affairs for Military Intelligence.

Political Branch

The Political Branch is responsible for the collection of from defence attaches in Iraqi diplomatic missions. Intelligence is also collected through other agents, such as the extensive networks of informants in Iran, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. Informants are equiped with sophisticated clandestine communications systems. During the Iran-Iraq War agent reports from Iran on the results of Iraqi air raid supplemented aerial imagery from the Iraqi Air Force.

Special Branch

The Special Branch is primarily responsible for investigations and clandestine operations.

Military Brigade

The Military Brigade includes a rapid intervention battalion to respond to security threats in the Baghdad region.

Sources and Methods

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