National Intelligence and Security Service (Ethiopia)

The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) (Amharic: ብሔራዊ መረጃና ደህንነት አገልግሎት) is an intelligence agency of the Ethiopian federal government tasked with gathering information of national interests. It does counter-terrorism in the country by informing the federal police, gathering intelligence for the Ethiopian National Defense Force, and information for local law enforcement. The NISS is under the provision of the Ministry of Peace. It reports to the ministry of its task's and missions. It was re-established in 2013 and renamed the National Intelligence and Security Service.[citation needed]

National Intelligence and Security Service
ብሔራዊ መረጃና ደህንነት አገልግሎት
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Agency overview
Formed2013[citation needed]
Agency executive
Parent departmentMinistry of Peace (Ethiopia)

Duties and MissionEdit

The National Intelligence and Security Service mission is regarded to deal with counter-terrorism, and gathering information for the public safety.[1]

Cooperation in Counter-Terrorism with Foreign Law enforcement and Spy Agency'sEdit

Cooperation with foreign law enforcement and spy agencies has extended to countries like the U.S, Russia, and Israel. In August 2019, the NISS and the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly combat terrorism.[2] In November 2020, the NISS and Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, had agreed to fight in counter-terrorism operations jointly.[3] And on 9 June 2021, the Russian government and NISS had agreed to strengthen cooperation in joint counter-terrorism.[4]


  1. ^ "National Intelligence and Security Services – Ethiopia". Action On Armed Violence (AOAV). April 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ethiopian Intelligence, FBI Agree To Jointly Combat Terrorism". Ethio News. August 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "NISS, Mossad Agree To Jointly Fight Terrorism In Horn Of Africa". Fanabc. November 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Ethiopia, Russia Agree To Strengthen Cooperation In Security Service". Fanabc. June 9, 2021.