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the below is a compilation of information from various individuals, websites and personal knowledge. please accept that verification of it has been done as much as possible due to the nature of it. for those with updated information please contribute to it. the original compilation was not done by me and has been edited to reflect what i hope to be more accurate information.
There are 4 intelligence agencies with intertwined jurisdiction and functions and they are:
Please note that the choice of name is intended to (and in all respect has succeeded) confuse anyone trying to understand the security structure.
Of the 4 the (1)Air Force Intelligence and (2)Military Intelligence are considered the most ruthless while the (4)Political Intelligence is the most pervasive within the population.
Each agency is made up of several branches, in the case of (2)Military Intelligence and (3)General Directorate of Intelligence each branch is identified by a 3 digit number, while for the (1)Air Force Intelligence and (4)Political Intelligence the branches are identified by a branch name.
Every branch is sub divided to departments that are then divided to specific functions that are:
The structure translates to: Agency, Branch, Department and functions.
Those agencies report to two other government offices the first is the National Security Office and the second is Presidential Security Office.
Delving into the agencies and subsequently the branches in them with a short description of function:
Air Force Intelligence: a. The backbone of the regime known to have the most loyal die hard supporters of the regime. It is the most trusted of the 4 agencies and the one tasked with missions that are of top sensitivity due to its relatively smaller size in comparison to the other agencies. Staff rarely interact with civilians. Those who work here are usually highly trained best equipped of all other agencies.
i. Central branches (in Damascus):
ii. Regional Branches:
These branches are complementary and act like capillaries in each of the governorates that trickles information to main branches. They are closely attached to air defense bases and military airports. They are in charge of keeping files on every military personnel and their civilian relatives in addition to the units capabilities in relation to the armed forces.
i. Central branches (in Damascus except the 220 which is in Sa’sa’ near the Gollan heights) :
ii. Regional Branches: These branches have departments representing each of the central branches and are assigned 1 to each Governorate.
1. 227 Damascus
2. 261 Homs
3. 245 Daraa
4. 219 Hama
5. 222 Hasaka
6. 271 Idlib
7. 290 Aleppo
8. 243 DEZ
11. Tartoos are yet to be identified.
General Directorate of Intelligence: a. Generally confused as to being the highest body with regards to intelligence work due to its name the branches have a 3 digit number as identification:
i. Central branches (in Damascus)
ii. Regional Branches: These branches have departments representing each of the central branches and are assigned 1 to each Governorate (yet to be correctly identified).
Political Intelligence Agency:
i. Central Branches:
ii. Regional Branches:
1. These branches have departments representing each of the central branches and are assigned 1 to each Governorate (yet to be correctly identified).
if you have been paying attention you will notice that there is a lot of interaction and repetition. agencies with central branches usually also have similar branches in their regional representation which in some cases ends up having duplicate branches such as the 227 Branch in Damascus which already has the central branches.
at the moment and even after verification efforts my certainty of the contents is around 65 to 70% (except of course the parts where i was involved).