US plans new Iraqi intelligence service

11 December 2003
Washington is drawing up plans for a new Iraqi intelligence service, which will be trained, financed and equipped by the US' CIA - with assistance from Jordan - reported the US daily Washington Post on 11 December. The new service, which will aim to gather intelligence on targets inside Iraq that are planning and carrying out attacks against coalition forces, will be headed by the Interior Minister, Nouri Badran - a member of the Iraqi National Accord (INA). According to the report, Badran and Ayad Alawi, the leader of the INA, are spending a number of days at the CIA's headquarters in the US to discuss the details of the plans.

Since US President Bush announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq on 1 May, the CIA has significantly stepped up operations in the country, increasing the number of staff and offices in the country. The decision to look at new intelligence gathering methods was described as a 'midcourse correction' by an intelligence source cited in the Washington Post.

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