Black-market weapon prices surge in Iraq
Black-market weapon prices surge in Iraq - Africa & Middle East - International Herald Tribune:
[T]hree types of American-issued weapons are now readily visible in shops and bazaars here as well: Glock and Walther 9-millimeter pistols, and pristine, unused Kalashnikovs from post-Soviet Eastern European countries. These are three of the principal types of the 370,000 weapons purchased by the United States for Iraq's security forces, a program that was criticized by a special inspector general this fall for, among other things, failing to properly account for the arms.
The weapons are easy to find, resting among others in the semihidden street markets here, where weapons are sold in tea houses, the back rooms of grocery kiosks, cosmetics stores and rug shops, or from the trunks of cars. Proprietors show samples for immediate purchase and offer to take orders — 10 guns can be had in two hours, they say, and 100 or more the next day.
'Every type of gun that the Americans give comes to the market,' said Brig. Hassan Nouri, chief of the political investigations bureau for the Sulaimaniya district. 'They go from the U.S. Army to the Iraqi Army to the smugglers. I have captured many of these guns that the terrorists bought.'