Keeping the KRI Safe

The primary responsibility of any government is to ensure the safety and protection of its citizens, residents, and visitors from all types of threats. Given the regional security environment, the security forces of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) have demonstrated their ability to effectively respond to a wide range of complex threats.

01. Legal structure

Article 117 of the Iraqi constitution states that federal regions are responsible for establishing internal security forces within their respective regions. Therefore, as a regional government, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) bears sole responsibility for the protection of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The KRI’s security forces, which include the police, security personnel, and regional guards, have effectively ensured safety and security both within the KRI and along its borders.

02. Ensuring stability  

The Peshmerga, identified by the Iraqi constitution as the KRI’s military force, has been a key instrument in maintaining peace, stability, and peaceful coexistence. Peshmerga forces have been at the forefront of the fight against ISIS terrorism, which was once one of the most significant threats to security and peace, not only in the KRI but throughout the entire region. Nearly 2,000 Peshmerga soldiers lost their lives in the fight against ISIS. The heroic contributions of the Peshmerga forces in defeating ISIS and preventing the terrorist organization’s resurgence have been praised by leaders worldwide.

03. Safe and secure   

The KRI has consistently shown its commitment to upholding peaceful coexistence and ensuring regional stability. The security services of the Region work tirelessly, day and night, to maintain security and safety. Thanks to their efforts, the cities in the KRI stand as the safest places in Iraq. The risk from crime is minimal, allowing people to move about safely.

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