The Iraqi Directorate of General Military Intelligence
) () was the military
intelligence service of Iraq
from 1932Dilip Hiro, Neighbors, Not Friends, Iraq and Iran After the Gulf Wars (London and New York: Routledge
, 2001), p.56, via Ibrahim Al-Marashi, ', Alternatives, Vol. 2, No.1, Spring 2003 to 2003.
Its responsibilities included: "1) tactical and strategic reconnaissance of regimes hostile to Iraq; 2) assessing threats of a military nature to Iraq; 3) monitoring the Iraqi military and ensuring the loyalty of the officer corps; 4) maintaining a network of informants in Iraq and abroad, including foreign personnel, and military human intelligence
; and 5) protection of military and military-industrial facilities.Kanan Makiya
, Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq
(Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press
, 1998), p.14, via Al-Marashi, 2003"
It employed embassy
personnel, especially the military attaché
and his office within the embassy. It had duties inside the army, but it is unknown what these duties were. In 1979 a document called the Strategic Work Plan, by Khalil al-Azzawi, who was head of operations for the Estikhbarat, was leaked. The plan set goals of the overseas branches of the agency, e.g. the military attaché's office in London was told to... Read More