By Ephraim Kahana, Muhammad Suwaed

Given the rivalries and suspicions triumphing within the heart East, it's not spectacular that the majority of those states are very fascinated with espionage and infiltration. With the extra hazard of terrorism, nuclear guns, a wide U.S. army presence, and the Arab-Israeli clash, the result's an impressively busy intelligence undefined, proportionately better and extra broad than in such a lot different regions.The A to Z of center East Intelligence addresses intelligence matters within the quarter from old background and the center a long time via sleek instances, masking the decline of the Ottoman Empire, intelligence task within the heart East in the course of and among the 2 global wars, and the interaction among colonial and native intelligence and counterintelligence corporations of the interval. It additionally offers the quite new fundamentalist terrorist agencies that experience had an important effect on diplomacy and at the constitution and deployment of intelligence, counterintelligence, and different defense organs within the center East at the present time. With a chronology, an introductory essay, and over three hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on vital occasions and key enterprises curious about all facets of intelligence collecting and research, in addition to the biographies of key gamers, this can be an immense reference at the present scenario within the heart East.

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6 September: The Israeli Air Force targets Syria, bombing what it claims to be nuclear facilities allegedly obtained from North Korea. 2008 12 February: Hizballah’s senior intelligence officer Imad Mughniyah is killed in a car bomb in Damascus, Syria, allegedly by Mossad agents. Introduction INTELLIGENCE AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE THROUGH HISTORY Ancient Times The Middle East is a region of early civilizations and has always been a geographical crossroads between contesting forces and civilizations.

Previous territories xxxviii • INTRODUCTION of the empire were divided among the victorious nations, who drew new maps and divided the area according to their interests and prewar agreements. This new situation led to the flourishing of intertwined colonial and local organizations in the area. It also brought to the scene resistance movements of all types, including terrorist organizations. This phenomenon had a significant impact on the development and structure of intelligence, counterintelligence, and other security organizations in the Middle East.

By the 1960s, the Soviet Union and East Germany had begun to play important advisory and training roles in Iraq, Syria, the former People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, and Libya. The Cold War’s players were right in the midst of the petroleum-rich Middle East. Rival and overlapping services were created to check authority and autonomy, and the result was factionalism. Some rulers—those of Syria and Iraq provide examples—appointed close relatives to key intelligence posts. For instance, in Syria, Rifat al-Asad, the brother of President Hafez al-Asad, was head of Syria’s intelligence service and was linked to the Red Knights.

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