of Security (NDS)
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) is the
intelligence agency of the government of Afghanistan. It was formed up
in the early 2000s under the watchful of the U.S. Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA). Funding, training and direction (in the early years) was
provided by the CIA. The NDS is regarded as one of the least corrupt and
most professional security organization in Afghanistan.
Papers & Reports about the NDS
Ruttig, Thomas. Political Cleavages over
Pakistan: The NDS chief's farewell, Afghanistan Analysts Network
(AAN), December 23, 2015. Ruttig examines the background in the
resignation of former NDS Chief Rahmatullah Nabil in the context of
intelligence failures and President Ghani's attempted reconciliation
with Pakistan and pursuit of peace talks with the Taliban.
News Reports about the NDS
May 15, 2016.
"Intel Unit Aims to Exploit Taliban Divisions", Gandhara Blog.
The National Directorate of Security has established a 300 plus covert
unit to disrupt insurgent operations in Helmand province.