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Peshmerga Zerevani
File:Peshmerga zervani logo.jpg
Peshmerga zervani logo
Active 2009–present
Country Iraq
Branch Peshmerga
Role Special forces in Iraqi Kurdistan

100 000-200 000

Garrison/HQ Erbil
Nickname(s) Zerevani

Aziz Weysi Bani The current Commanding Chief of Zerevani

The Zerevani[3] (or Zeravani,[4] sometimes Zeravani Army[5]) are the militarised police force (described as a gendarmerie by some[4]) operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. They are under the control of the Kurdish Ministry of the Interior but are a part of the Peshmerga (armed forces), and provide security for government property and support to civilian police & the military.[5][6] They were the subject of an Amnesty campaign in June 2008 after the alleged kidnap of a Kurdish journalist.[6] In November 2009, they began training (conducted by the Italian Carabinieri) alongside the Iraqi Federal Police.[3] The first Commanding Chief of Zerevani was Faridun Jwanroyi, Fraydoon resigned in 2010 and Aziz Weysi Bani was assigned as the Brigadier General of the Zerevani,

Current equipment of the Peshmerga

The Zerevani forces were little on equipment when they began training, the Peshmerga army donated some of their weapon to the Zerevani. The Kurdistan Regional Government set them up a base the Zerevani buy their own weapons. They are usually armed with AKMs, RPKs (light Soviet machine guns) and DShKs (heavy Soviet machine guns). Some Zervani companies are however armed with American rifles ( M4A1 and M16 )

  • Individual Weapons
    • Assault Rifle
      • AKM (Assault Rifle - 7.62 x 39 mm)
      • Zastava M92 (Assault Rifle - 7.62x39 mm)
      • AK-74 (Assault Rifle - 5.45 x 39 mm)
      • Heckler & Koch G3 (Battle Rifle - 7.62 × 51 mm)
      • M16 (Assault Rifle - 5.56 x 45 mm) [7]
      • M4A1 (Assault Rifle/Carbine - 5.56mm x 45 mm)
    • Sniper Rifle
      • SVD Dragunov (Sniper Rifle - 7.62 × 54 mmR)
      • M-40A1 (Sniper Rifle - 7.62 × 51 mm)
      • Barrett M82A1 (Sniper Rifle - 12.7 x 99 mm)
      • Tabuk Sniper Rifle (Sniper Rifle - 7.62 x 39 mm)
      • M-24 SWS (Sniper Rifle - 7.62 × 51 mm )
      • Dragunov SVU (Sniper Rifle - 7.62x54R)
      • Zastava M91 (Sniper Rifle - 7.62 x 54 mm)
      • PSG1 (Sniper Rifle - 7.62x51)
    • Anti-Tank Explosive
      • RPG-7 (rocket-propelled grenade launcher - 40 mm)
      • RPG-29 (rocket-propelled grenade launcher - 105 mm)
      • AT4 (rocket-propelled grenade launcher - 84 mm)
      • AT-4 Spigot (rocket-propelled grenade launcher - 120 mm)
    • Man-Portable Air-Defence System
  • Vehicles

See also

  • Parastin (intelligence service)
  • Asaish (security service)
  • Peshmerga (armed forces)


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