----------- Asayish 101-----------
¶2. (C) According to KDP Ministry of Interiorofficials, the KDP (Erbil/Dohuk) Asayish officiallyreports to the KRG Prime Minister while the PUKAsayish reports to the PUK Ministry of Interior(though unofficially to KRG DPM and PUK member OmarFattah). CoR member Redha claimed that of the twoAsayish entities, he considers the PUK,s(Suleimania) Asayish to be more aggressive in itstactics. The KDP Asayish's intel gathering arm isreferred to as the Parastin while that of the PUKis referred to as the Zanyari. The Asayish andtheir intel arms are feared by local residents.¶3. (C) The Asayish's mandate is anti-terrorism,and as such pursues any suspect that it believesmay be tied to such cause. Our contacts indicatethat there is not a lot of transparency as to thework of the Asayish and their reasons for detainingsuspects, and it is partially for this reason thatthey are feared. Among its targets, the Asayishhas been known to pursue individuals participatingin protests, particularly violent protests, as wellas religious extremists or conservatives. TheKRG's own Minster of Awquf and Religious Affairs(MARA) is geared towards monitoring sermons andother indicators for links to terrorism (ref D).This is in stark contrast from the work of centralIraq Awqufs which are focused on promoting religionand the construction of religious facilities.