General Directorate of Intelligence
Pashto: د استخباراتو لوی ریاست
Dari: ریاست عمومی استخبارات
Seal of the General Directorate of Intelligence[1]
Agency overview
Formed2021 (2021)
Preceding agencies
  • NDS (2002–2021)
  • WAD (1987–1992)
  • KhAD (1980–1987)
  • KAM (1979–1979)
  • AGSA (1978–1979)
  • Istikhbarat (–1978)
HeadquartersShahdarak, Kabul, Afghanistan
Motto"We Strike to Destroy"
Annual budgetClassified
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Agency executives
Parent agencyMinistry of Defense
WebsiteOfficial Twitter

The General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI; Pashto: د استخباراتو لوی ریاست; Dari: ریاست عمومی استخبارات) is the Afghan national intelligence and security agency under the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.


Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has claimed that the GDI reports directly to him, according to a statement released by Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in 2022 that purportedly quoted Akhundzada. Following the Fall of Kabul on 15 August 2021, the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) have become the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan's intelligence agency under the Taliban.[3]


Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, six hundred ISIS members, four kidnappers, dozens of mafia and other criminals have been arrested by the GDI.[4][5][6][7]

Despite Taliban pledges to be tolerant, the GDI announced on March 2, 2022, that Afghan media must show a "press-friendly" image of the Taliban while they pressure reporters on rules that should not contradict Islamic values.[8]

The GDI typically provides intelligence on both foreign and domestic issues to the current Afghan leader, Akhundzada.


See also


  1. ^ "GDI Afghanistan Intelligence Force". YouTube. Naseer TV. Retrieved 17 June 2023.
  2. ^ "افغان طالبانو خپله کابینه او سرپرسته اداره اعلان کړه؛ ملا محمد حسن اخوند به یې مشر وي". BBC News پښتو.
  3. ^ Shinwari, Nazir (11 October 2022). "Islamic Emirate Leader Meets with Provincial Intelligence Heads". TOLOnews. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Afghan Taliban Claim to Have Captured 600 IS Militants". 10 November 2021.
  5. ^ حسرت, احمد صهیب (10 November 2021). "استخبارات: په درېیو میاشتو کې داعش ته منسوب ۶۰۰ کسان نیول شوي".
  6. ^ "جمهور - ۶ سوه داعشیان، ۸۲ سړي تښوونکي او لسګونه نور مجرمین نیول شوي". 10 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Man rescued from kidnappers after 25 days in Kabul".
  8. ^ "Afghanistan's intelligence agency emerges as new threat to independent media". 2 March 2022.