[size=36]Despite the government decisions .. Arms markets in Iraq, medium weapons, guns and missiles[/size]
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is not the first time that the Iraqi government has announced on the lips of its president or senior officials that weapons must be confined to the hand of the state. It is not the first time that strict orders have been issued on how to do this, from possession to pregnancy leave to the type of weapons allowed to be carried or circulated among citizens.
The latest decision issued by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi earlier this month on the restructuring of the popular crowd within the military establishment with the granting of armed groups outside the crowd for a month to determine their legal status is the subject of debate and discussion between different parties, At this time, whether it is a response to American pressure in the context of its conflict with Iran or how to implement it. The countdown to the month deadline began at a time when no faction carrying arms or any of the unlicensed arms carriers, including the clans, had declared its readiness to carry out the Diyala order issued by Abdul Mahdi.
Not only that, but within the first week of the entry into force of this Diwani order, two things were extremely dangerous. The first was the outbreak of armed tribal conflict, a few kilometers from the heart of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which is supposed to be the center of political decision and symbol of prestige. This tribal conflict lasted for several days between two clans in the same area where all kinds of light and medium weapons were used. The son of the civil defense director in Iraq was the victim of this conflict. The Civil Defense Director is a senior officer in the Iraqi military establishment. The second is the armed forces attack the headquarters of the head of the Office of the Shiite Waqf in Iraq, knowing that the holder of this position with the rank of minister. All that happened was that the prime minister contacted the head of the Shiite Waqf bureau, Alaa al-Moussawi, expressing his condemnation of the incident, while ordering an investigation.
The same happened with the Fadhiliya incident, which is the armed tribal conflict area where an investigation was opened, and the investigations are ongoing.
The reason for all this is the loose weapon in a country where the citizens have millions of unarmed weapons. "The problem lies in the size of weapons that are no longer light and medium weapons," said security expert Hisham al-Hashemi. "There are stores and marshals in Baghdad and the provinces, the size of those of the state. Which is being held in spite of the Government's actions from time to time. "
Al-Hashemi added that "despite the proliferation of weapons intensely remains a lot of manifestations of the spread is unknown and is subject to inspection by the security forces, because of confidentiality and the difficulty of the raid, for fear of an armed clash."
For his part, retired military expert Brigadier General Zia al-Wakil that "the government is serious in the process of inventorying arms, and perhaps the legislation of the popular mobilization law was one of the reasons that make the weapon under the authority of the state," noting that "this requires understanding and political cooperation between all parties, The decision is not only security, but also political. "
Unexploded weapons are linked to markets in each of the country's provinces and even to arms factories, as well as to the spread of the black market of this weapon, whose markets are competing with fish and vegetable markets.
Weapons of various kinds, ranging from the ordinary pistol, which facilitates the process of taking out and carrying the leave of pregnancy, to medium weapons such as the types of guns and mortars, as well as the aircraft, through Kalashnikov types.
Strangely enough, while the black market is spreading in different parts of Iraq to buy and sell various types of weapons, in some areas there are open markets, which are not different from the old clothes and household appliances, in one of the most important markets, Sadr east of Baghdad. Even worse, there are pages on Facebook that sell weapons, like any other page about selling cars, houses or land.
Some types of pages, whether in Baghdad or Karbala, have thousands of followers interested in trading various types of weapons. Arms dealers have their own ways of getting them, and then reselling them; they buy them from the people, maybe from the army as well.
According to a UN study on Arab countries' standards of arms proliferation among the general public, Iraq had the lion's share of international standards on the number and range of weapons available at record prices. Ironically, while many commodities, foodstuffs and household goods suffer from recession and deflation according to the economic situation in the country, trade that does not seem to be covered is the trade of weapons of various kinds and originators. There are automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and silencers, including the German, Brazilian and American Iranian, Yugoslav, Russian, and even Israeli.
The decision of former Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, issued in December 2017, to start the implementation of the decision to inventory the arms of the state, and the decision of the current Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi issued in July (July) in 2019 conducted searches here and there for the purpose of controlling the weapon Unstoppable. But often these campaigns did not include powerful people with large headquarters and capabilities, but small traders or patrons who adapted to the situation. They either know through their knowledge within the security services the date of the pursuit and inspection campaigns, hiding weapons in safe places until the danger is always permanent, or trying to bribe some of the members of these organs, organizing formal campaigns that may confiscate simple weapons in exchange for covering up what is larger .
The new arms trading is what was announced by the Iraqi Interior Ministry before the arrest of a person in possession of aircraft carrying cameras and caps bearing camera cameras hidden in Najaf.
The ministry said in a statement that "the defendant was arrested (ASAA) as he was carrying aircraft marching carrying two cameras high resolution 4K and working at a height of 1000 m." She added that "was also seized 4 caps bearing cameras hidden cameras," noting that "the investigating judge decided to arrest the accused under Article 240 of the Penal Code."