The primary duty of any government is to protect its citizens, residents, and visitors from any sort of threat. Considering the nature of the reginal security environment, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces have been able to respond effectively to a complex range of threats.
01. Legal structure
Article 117 of the Iraqi constitution states that federal regions are responsible for the establishment of internal security forces across the region. Therefore, as a regional government, the KRG has sole responsibility for the protection of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Kurdistan’s security forces, including the police, security forces, and regional guards, have been able to guarantee safety and security inside and along the borders of the KRI.
02. Ensuring stability
The Peshmerga, which is identified by the Iraqi constitution as the KRI’s military, has been a key instrument to protecting peace, stability, and peaceful coexistence. Peshmerga forces have been at the forefront in fighting against ISIS terrorism, which used to be one of the biggest threats to security and peace, not only to the KRI but to the entire region. Nearly 2,000 Peshmerga soldiers died fighting ISIS. Peshmerga forces’ heroic contribution in defeating ISIS and preventing the terrorist organization’s reemergence has been praised by leaders across the world.
03. Safe and secure
Kurdistan has demonstrated that it is a place that upholds peaceful coexistence and ensures stability in the region. Kurdistan’s security services are doing an excellent job, working day and night to provide security and safety. Thanks to their efforts, the KRI is one of the safest places in the Middle East. There is minimal risk from crime, and people can move around in safety.