Al-Anisi head of Yemen’s top intelligence body [Archives:2005/851/Local News]

June 16 2005

A new chairman of the National Security Agency was appointed by the President Ali Abdullah Saleh last week. The new chairman Mr. Muhammad Ali Al-Anessi was previously the president's secretary and is now heading the country's top intelligence body established in 2002 to help combat terrorism.

According to Saba news agency, Al-Anessi will also keep his old post as head of Saleh's office, which he has held since the mid-1980s.

The National Security Agency was founded in August 2002 to gather and analyze intelligence data relating to national security. It is entrusted with coordinating the work of other state and military intelligence services and building closer ties with other foreign security organizations.