National Intelligence and Security Agency
|Hay'ada Sirdoonka iyo Nabadsugida|
Seal of the National Intelligence and Security Agency
|Parent department||Ministry of Defence (Somalia)|
The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) (Somali: Hay'ada Sirdoonka iyo Nabadsugida) is the national intelligence agency of the Federal Republic of Somalia is in-charge of secret service, intelligence and covert operations for the national interests of Somalia, The main objective of (NISA) is to collect the intelligence data through different means and to safeguard the national interests. The job is to identify and block the threats to the state and its citizens and to reinforce the country's security and safety according to the teachings of Islam and the constitution.
NISA was officially reestablished in January 2013 by the new Somali Federal Government in place of the defunct National Security Service (NSS). It is part of a broader effort by the federal authorities to re-establish state institutions.
Headquartered in Mogadishu, NISA is tasked with firming up security. It is assisted in this capacity by AMISOM. According to the former Minister of State for the Presidency Abdulkadir Moallin Noor, the CIA also provided training to NISA officials during the latter agency's formative stages.
In April 2014, the United Arab Emirates donated several battle wagons and other equipment to NISA.
As of July 2014, the Gaashaan ("Shield") counterterrorism force constitutes a fundamental part of the National Intelligence and Security Agency. According to Somali government officials, it is a commando force trained by the United States. NISA associates indicate that Gaashaan consists of two units totaling 120 men.
Alpha Group is Gaashan's first component, and includes around 40 soldiers and 3 officers who were chosen from amongst 190 special Somali National Army troops. According to Somali defense officials, this unit received training in the United States between late 2009 and early 2010. U.S. anti-terrorism expert Derek Gannon indicates that the Alpha Group's training regimen includes counter-insurgency, counter-terror operation and executive-protecting, with an emphasis on quick reaction in an urban environment. The soldiers are also equipped with guns with night-vision scopes, among other modern military hardware.
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