National Directorate of Security

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National Directorate of Security
ریاست امنیت ملی
National Directorate of Security logo.jpg
Seal of the National Directorate of Security
Agency overview
Formed 2002; 14 years ago (2002)
Preceding agency
Headquarters Kabul, Afghanistan
Employees Classified
(15,000-30,000 estimated)
Annual budget Classified
Agency executives
Website Official website (registered but offline)

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) is the primary foreign and domestic intelligence agency of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.[1]

Alternative names[edit]

The NDS is otherwise known as:

د ملي امنیت ریاست (the Pashto language)

ریاست امنیت ملی (Dari)

Riyasat-e Amniyat-e Milli [2]


The National Directorate of Security was founded as the primary domestic and foreign intelligence agency of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in 2002, and is considered the successor to KHAD,[3] which was the previous intelligence organization, before the Civil War.


The NDS is part of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF),[4] and reports directly to the Office of the President.[5]


As the primary intelligence organ of Afghanistan, the NDS shares information with ministries of Afghanistan and with provincial authorities.[3] The NDS also cooperates with the American CIA, the Pakistani ISI, and other NATO Intelligence Agencies.

The NDS has had a degree of success, including capturing Maulvi Faizullah,[6] a notable Taliban leader, and foiling an assassination attempt against Abdul Rashid Dostum.[7]

Directors and deputy heads[edit]

The president of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani is the Director.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Treatment of Conflict-Related Detainees in Afghan Custody (PDF). UN Office of The High Commissioner for Human Rights, October 2011, Kabul. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  2. ^ PRAVEEN SWAMI - [1] published by The Hindu May 1, 2014 [Retrieved 2015-07-30](this source the source only of Riyasat-e Amniyat-e Milli)
  3. ^ a b c BBC. Article. British Broadcasting Corporation - 14 August 2011. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  4. ^ Anthony H. Cordesman; Adam Mausner; Jason Lemieux. Afghan National Security Forces: What it Will Take to Implement the ISAF Strategy. CSIS 1 Jan 2010, 230 pages, ISBN 0892066083. Retrieved 2015-07-29. (MOI is taken i.e. understood to refer to the Ministry of Interior according to page 62, not Ministry of Information)
  5. ^ Abasin Zaheeron, ed. (May 20, 2012). "Iran, Pakistan out to weaken Afghanistan, MPs told". Pajhwok Afghan News. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ reportage
  7. ^ Jessica Donati & Mirwais Harooni. reportage. published by Reuters Sat Mar 21, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  8. ^ Carlotta Gall, ed. (August 19, 2010). "New Afghan Intelligence Chief Aims to Build Trust". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ news published by Office of the Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan [Retrieved 2015-07-30]

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