Asayish (Kurdistan Regional Government)
|Encumena Asayîşa Herêma Kurdistanê|
|Headquarters||Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah|
|Parent agency||Kurdistan Region Security Council|
Asayîş or Asayish (Kurdish for security) is the Kurdish security organization and the primary intelligence agency operating in the Kurdistan region in Iraq. The organization was established in September 1993 and has been often referred to as "intelligence agency", "security force", "security service", "security", "secret service", "secret police", or just "Kurdish police." Asayesh coordinates and shares information with Parastin and Zanyari, the investigative arms and intelligence gatherers operating in the Kurdistan region in Iraq.
Its official goals according to the Kurdistan authority are:
- Counter-drug trafficking
- Gathering intelligence
- Assessing threats to Iraq's national security.
The organization has jurisdiction over:
- List of armed groups in the Iraqi Civil War
- List of armed groups in the Syrian Civil War
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