Foreign Intelligence Service of Azerbaijan
Azərbaycan Respublikasının Xarici Kəşfiyyat Xidməti
Emblem of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Azerbaijan.jpg
YARASA Special Forces of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Azerbaijan at the Victory Parade 2020 in Baku.jpg

Servicemen of the YARASA Special Forces of the Foreign Intelligence Service at the Baku Victory Parade of 2020.[1]
Agency overview
FormedDecember 13, 2015
Preceding agency
HeadquartersBaku, Azerbaijan
Agency executive

The Foreign Intelligence Service of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikasının Xarici Kəşfiyyat Xidməti) is one of the special services of Azerbaijan. The main goal of the Foreign Intelligence Service is to increase the effectiveness of the activities of special services, as well as to improve the structure of state administration.[2] The head of the Foreign Intelligence Service is Colonel General Orkhan Sultanov.

History

The service was established by decree of the Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic, dated December 14, 2015, to replace the Ministry of National Security & help the Azerbaijan Armed Forces in a future war against Armenia. Resolution number 360, "On Amendments to Certain Resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan" was adopted by Cabinet of Ministers in September 2016. The former Ministry of National Security is divided into two state services—State Security Service and Foreign Intelligence Service. President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on the establishment of the emblem of the Foreign Intelligence Service in the spring of 2017.[2][3]

An order to approve the state program for improving the activities of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Azerbaijan Republic for 2017–2021 was signed by the president in December 2017.

Operations

The YARASA Flag.
The YARASA Flag.

The YARASA Special Forces of the Foreign Intelligence Service took part in the Lachin offensive during the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War.[4]

Fighters of the YARASA special forces also worked mainly in the rear of the Armenian Army positions, participating in taking control of a number of settlements of Azerbaijan during the hostilities. In particular, they were among the first to enter the city of Qubadli. During the Victory Parade held on 10 December on Azadliq Square, a special unit from YARASA was paraded for the first time.[5][6]

Leadership

Heads

Deputy Heads

See also

References

  1. ^ "Азербайджан впервые показал спецподразделение YARASA Службы внешней разведки | Информационный портал moscow-baku.ru".
  2. ^ a b "В Азербайджане появились Служба госбезопасности и Служба внешней разведки Вестник Кавказа". vestikavkaza.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  3. ^ "Постановление Кабинета Министров Азербайджанской Республики "О внесении изменений в некоторые Постановления Кабинета..."". base.spinform.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  4. ^ Kazimoglu, Mirmahmud (10 December 2020). "Xarici Kəşfiyyat Xidmətinin YARASA xüsusi bölməsi ilk dəfə nümayiş etdirildi". Report Information Agency (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Азербайджан впервые показал спецподразделение YARASA Службы внешней разведки | Информационный портал moscow-baku.ru". moscow-baku.ru. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  6. ^ "Azərbaycan ilk dəfə olaraq Xarici Kəşfiyyat Xidmətinin YARASA xüsusi bölməsini göstərdi - VİDEO". BAKU.WS - Azərbaycanın xəbər saytı (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  7. ^ "1934 - Z.R.İsmayılovun Azərbaycan Respublikasının Xarici Kəşfiyyat Xidməti rəisinin müavini təyin edilməsi haqqında". www.e-qanun.az. Retrieved 2020-12-17.