General Security (Asayish)

The Directorate General of Asayish is responsible for domestic security throughout the Kurdistan Region. Asayishwas established in 1992 following the formation of the first Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cabinet. Asayish’s Director General reports to both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.

Asayish’s overall strategy is to counter domestic threats by working closely with government organizations and departments, including the KRG Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Justice. Work is conducted within the framework of existing legislation with oversight from the Kurdistan Parliament and the KRG Council of Ministers.

Asayish deploys Directorates in provinces and smaller offices in districts and sub-districts throughout the Kurdistan Region.