Information Branch

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Information Branch
شعبة المعلومات
Intelligence Agency overview
FormedAugust 6, 1993
HeadquartersBeirut, Lebanon
Annual budgetClassified
Intelligence Agency executive

The Information Branch, also the Information Department (Arabic: شعبة المعلومات/فرع المعلومات‎, commonly known as al-maʿlumāt "The Information"), is the intelligence unit of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces Directorate, founded on August 6, 1993 under decree No. 3904. Its main tasks include gathering national and military intelligence, criminal investigation,[1] espionage, counterintelligence, and counter-terrorism. Acting as a counterweight to the Lebanese Armed Forces's intelligence unit, the newly-formed security apparatus was largely trained and supplied by the United States, France, and Germany. Trained in the Alps, its Strike Force is equipped with advanced firearms and devices.[2][3] It is considered one of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the Middle East, and its members have been subject of assassinations and assassination attempts.[4]

Information Branch agents

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  1. ^ "معلومات عن فرع المعلومات". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2018-10-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-11-12. Retrieved 2018-11-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Al Jazeera Documentary الجزيرة الوثائقية". YouTube. 11 February 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.