THE FIFTEEN BRANCHES of Syria’s intelligence apparatus, the mukhabarat, counts some 50,000 to 70,000 full-time officers, along with hundreds of thousands of part-time personnel and informers.
Intelligence suggests the Syrian government has moved some of its chemical weapons in order to protect them, but the U.S. believes that the main sites remain secure, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday, indicating there are lingering questions about what exactly happened to some of the weapons.
The head of Syria’s air force intelligence has been assassinated in his Damascus office by one of his aides, Syrian opposition sources told Al Arabiya Sunday. Lieutenant Jamil Hassan was killed on Saturday in his office by an aid who
Iran’s intelligence minister was caught in an apparent high-level political dispute Sunday after offering his resignation from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government but later being ordered to remain by Iran’s top leader, news reports said.
Iran’s political turmoil has prompted a growing number of its officials to defect or leak information to the West, creating a flow of intelligence about its secretive nuclear program, US officials said.