Presidency of State Security

Presidency of State Security is a Saudi Arabian security body created in 2017 by combining the counterterrorism and domestic intelligence services under one roof. The new body will be concerned with all matters related to state security, and will be overseen by the king. The new state security agency is headed by intelligence chief Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Howairini, who holds the rank of a minister.[1][2][3]

The following departments were annexed to the new Presidency of State Security: Investigations, special security forces, special emergency forces, security aviation, technical affairs, national information center, and other departments in charge of combating terrorism, its finance and financial investigation.[4]

Presidency of State Security (PSS)
Presidency of State Security
Emblem of the Mabahith
Flag of the Presidency of State Security
Flag of the Presidency of State Security
Agency overview
FormedJuly 20, 2017
JurisdictionGovernment of Saudi Arabia
HeadquartersRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
MottoA homeland we don't protect, we don't deserve to live in
Agency executive

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2017–19 Qatif unrest

The Qatif unrest is an ongoing (as of 2019) conflict in the Qatif region of Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia, between the Saudi Government and Shia community. It began after an incident on 12 May 2017, when a child and a Pakistani man were shot and killed. The detention of Qatif human rights activist Israa al-Ghomgham and her husband and the possible beheading of al-Ghomgham as the first Saudi woman to be executed for her human rights activities gained international attention during 2018.

List of intelligence agencies

This is a list of intelligence agencies. It includes only currently operational institutions.


The Mabahith (Arabic: المباحث العامة‎, al-Mabāḥiṯ al-ʿĀmmah, General Investigation Directorate), also spelled Mabaheth, is the secret police agency of the Presidency of State Security in Saudi Arabia, and deals with domestic security and counter-intelligence.

Saudi Emergency Force

The Emergency Force (Arabic: قوات الطوارئ الخاصة‎ Qūwāt aṭ-Ṭawāriʾ as-Suʿūdīyah) The S.E.F (Saudi Emergency Force) is a special operations counter-terrorism unit of the presidency of state security. Similar units include the FBI Hostage Rescue Team and the French GIGN. The SEF was established in 1972; its main job was to control riots and demonstration alongside assisting other police forces in combating drug trafficking and criminals. After the Grand Mosque seizure in 1979 and the ineffectiveness of the Saudi Arabian National Guard in the Saudi decision of hostages, its role was strengthened. Since 1995, with the first terrorist attacks on Saudi soil in Olaya, Riyadh, and then in 1996 in Al Khobar, the center shifted to combating terrorism, and accordingly it retrained and reprogrammed its forces. Now there are 13 centers around the Kingdom to combat terrorism.

Security forces of Saudi Arabia
Law enforcement

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