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Military Intelligence
Al-Istikhbarat al-Askariyya

The primary functions of Military Intelligence were ensuring the loyalty of the military and gathering military intelligence, but it was also involved in foreign operations. The responsibility of Military Intelligence for detecting enemy infiltration in the armed forces allowed the agency to target all domestic opponents, since military service was compulsory for all male adults, and Al-Istikhbarat had virtually unlimited authority in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Major General Wafiq Jassim al Samarra'i, who defected to the Iraqi National Congress (INC), was replaced in January 1995 by Brigadier General Abdel Qadar Salman Khamis, who is believed to be a relative of Saddam Hussein.

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