National Intelligence and Security Agency
|Hay'ada Sirdoonka iyo Nabadsugida Qaranka|
Seal of the National Intelligence and Security Agency
|Intelligence agency overview|
|Formed||January 8, 1970|
|Preceding Intelligence agency|
|Type||Intelligence & Counter Intelligence|
|Intelligence agency executive|
|Parent department||Office Of The President|
The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) Somali: Hay'ada Sirdoonka iyo Nabadsugida Qaranka (HSNQ) is the national intelligence agency of the Federal Republic of Somalia. It is in-charge of secret service, intelligence and covert operations. 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 threats to the state and its citizens and to reinforce the country's security and safety according to the Provisional Constitution of the Federal Republic of Somalia. The NISA is also closely intertwined with the National Armed Forces and regularly cooperates with them.
NISA was officially reestablished in January 2013 by the new Somali Federal Government in place of the defunct National Security Service (NSS). It was part of a broader effort by the federal authorities to re-establish state institutions.
Headquartered in Mogadishu, NISA is assisted by AMISOM. According to the former Minister of State for the Presidency Abdulkadir Moallin Noor, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency also provided training to NISA officials during the latter agency's formative stages.
Counterterrorism and paramilitary forces
In April 2014, the United Arab Emirates donated several battle wagons and other equipment to NISA.
NISA personnel also have digital camouflage as standard issue uniforms and have orange balaclavas and wear patrol caps or slate berets when not on missions, and have ACOG scopes and lasers on their equipment, and generally have more modern equipment than the Somali Armed Forces.
As of July 2014, the Gaashaan ("Shield") counterterrorism force constitutes a fundamental part of the National Intelligence and Security Agency. 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. Derek Gannon said 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.
In May 2018 it was reported that the SNIS has grown to 700 personnel, with the Waran having 300 personnel and Gaashaan roughly 400.
|Toyota Hilux||Japan||All NISA personnel Hiluxes are black with "NISA" written on the hood in white stencil, also the standard infantry transport vehicle|
|Casspir||South Africa||NISA Casspirs have black "NISA" lettering.|
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