• If Anyone Runs Out of Guns and Grenades, Here’s a Shopping Market in Baghdad That’s Well-Stocked

    August 12, 2016

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    Posted in: Iraq

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    You know how it is. You just get back from a trip to the store and your significant other says “Honey, I just realized we are all out of AK-47s. And while you’re at the market, could you also grab a couple of mortars and some grenades in case your mother stops by again unexpectedly?”


    Yes, it could be Texas, but it actually is what’s going on in Baghdad.

    Iraq news site Niqash tells us about a market in Baghdad’s Sadr City, where masked men display their wares on open tables the same way vegetable sellers do in other city markets. Next to grenades on the tables are rockets, mortars and plenty of other weaponry, with markings that indicate they come from a number of different sources. Welcome one and all to Maridi market, one of Baghdad’s, if not, Iraq’s, most famous “illegal” arms markets.

    (The photo above shows beautiful Sadr City back in the good old days, when America liberated it.)

    There are a lot of ways he obtains weapons, said one trader in the market. The most significant route is across unguarded border crossings from NATO ally Turkey. The guns and other weapons enter Kurdistan (another American ally) and are then brought to Baghdad; checkpoints (manned by Iraqi security forces the U.S. pays for) don’t seem to be a problem and if they are, counterfeit ID cards or a bribe will often work.

    “Most of the weapons come from the military, especially those located near the front,” a vendor told Niqash. “Soldiers who lose their weapons during fighting are not questioned as to why. If a soldier dies fighting, lost weapons are registered in their name. So a lot of the lost weapons are registered in dead soldiers’ names. And those weapons go to the arms dealers.”

    Thanks to many Iraqis wanting to leave the country, soldiers and members of the state security forces also sell their weapons as part of efforts to raise funds. Some soldiers simply want to supplement their income.

    This all could have something to do with why the U.S. can’t seem to win the war in Iraq, but I just can’t put my finger on it right now.



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    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”This all could have something to do with why the U.S. can’t seem to win the war in Iraq, but I just can’t put my finger on it right now.”unquote

      Is this a prologue to We Meant Well?:)

      sheeezus.

      bartender.. yeah..yeah..I know it’s 7am. Who cares? I don’t. In fact..I don’t give a flying fuck about anything anymore. If I’ve learned ANYTHING over the last 10 years.. Peggy Lee was fucking dead on..

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe9kKf7SHco

      08/12/16 7:00 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Ya know…if anything.. I feel sorry for all those poor bastards who believed the lying shit the military recruiters told them. Just got word, one of my wife’s grand daughter’s husband, just got blown to smithereens in Afghanistan. He joined the Army, notwithstanding a steady paycheck, thinking his computer skills would get him a desk job at some military computer place. And then College shit too. Right. And the recruiters told him he would too. un hun..until they stuck a rifle in his hands and shipped him out. 3 months. That’s all it took. poor, stupid, bastard. Didn’t even get to see his new born son.

      08/12/16 7:08 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Is that all there is… indeed…

      quote”The Pentagon announced an additional $1.15 billion in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia this week, even as a three-month cease-fire collapsed and the Saudi-led coalition resumed its brutal bombing campaign of the Yemen capital Sana.”unquote

      https://theintercept.com/2016/08/11/lopsided-peace-talks-collapse-saudis-resume-yemen-bombing-and-u-s-sells-more-weapons/

      fuck. bartender.. you know what I need. Double it.

      08/12/16 7:18 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      08/12/16 7:21 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      oh.. btw..

      http://www.look.co.uk/news/swearing-iq-546947

      whuda thunk.
      🙂

      08/12/16 7:33 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Wage Fucking Peace…

      08/12/16 8:37 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Forget about that lost cause in Iraq ’cause it’s the war that may be coming home to roost:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-gitmo_us_57ad7775e4b071840410c1d6?section=&

      08/12/16 8:52 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/764064821000056832

      Funny, Charlie Manson said the same thing.

      08/12/16 9:36 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Yeah, more good news. It appears the DoJ will not be investigating the Clinton Foundation, despite the FBI asking them to. That meeting on the tarmac with Loretta Lynch sure paid off for the Clintons. They may have to nominate her for the Supreme Court, considering the huge favors she’s done them.

      08/12/16 11:17 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Looking forward to the next email dump by Assange.

      08/12/16 11:46 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Those whacky-Iraqis always living in the past. Here in modern America we can buy AK-47s on Facebook:

      http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/dallas-police-shooter-bought-ak-47-facebook

      08/12/16 12:00 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      In January, Facebook banned users from coordinating unregulated gun sales, but it has left the enforcement of the ban entirely to users who report violators.

      Same goes for heroin dealers, child sex traffickers etc.

      08/12/16 12:03 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Trump: I’m all for child sex-trafficking. Haha, I’m kidding. Dumb media.

      08/12/16 12:04 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Trump: Vote for me and you can sleep with my wife. Haha, just kidding. Wow, those voters are sure stupid to believe what I say.

      08/12/16 12:05 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Negroponte supports Hillary. That’s special.USA,UMA,USA,

      08/12/16 1:10 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Chuck and he’s promised that flies will soon be crawling on Trump’s dead face! She welcomed him with a knowing cackle.

      08/12/16 2:55 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      teri said…

      “Yeah, more good news. It appears the DoJ will not be investigating the Clinton Foundation, despite the FBI asking them to.”

      The FBI asks the DOJ to “investigate”????

      ummmm.. wait..wait teri.. the FBI “IS” the investigative arm of the DOJ. So.. WTF?

      quote:”That meeting on the tarmac with Loretta Lynch sure paid off for the Clintons.”unquote

      Hahahahaha… if ever the term “blatant corruption” was ever burned into the face of one of history’s granite bookmarks..

      I’m sure Foster would appreciate it.

      “They may have to nominate her for the Supreme Court, considering the huge favors she’s done them.”

      Isn’t that the whole point?

      08/12/16 7:26 PM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Pitch,

      Yeah, my poor wording. The FBI launched an investigation that the DoJ is declining to prosecute and has put a stop to.

      There is some talk (probably untrue, given the current state of our media) that some States Attorneys General are joining the FBI outside of the DoJ to go ahead with a case.

      http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/11/exclusive-joint-fbi-us-attorney-probe-of-clinton-foundation-is-underway/#ixzz4HClgo7W1

      The source for the above story is an “unnamed, former law enforcement official”. So, yeah. I have to admit the story is dubious even though I left a link for it. Also, let’s remember how the various States Attorneys were going to bring an end to the MERS bank, which was and still is, a blatantly illegal scheme to bypass state laws in real estate handlings and led to millions of illegal foreclosures. In the end, the brave Sirs, the 50 State Attorneys General, all dropped out except for the guy from NY (Schneiderman?), who soldiered on for awhile and then disappeared out of the news without having accomplished anything. The MERS bank still exists in all its illegal glory as a testament to unending American corruption.

      What is true, however, is that Loretta Lynch will not be allowing the DoJ or the FBI or any combination of the two to look into the Clintons and their Great Pyramids of Ill-gotten Grift and Cash. Lynch will have her visage carved onto the Great Protector Sphinx statue, which will rest in front of the Clinton pyramid as its guardian for all eternity.

      Which is, coincidently, exactly how long I hope these cons burn in hell.

      08/13/16 7:02 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck2.0 said...

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      Do I dial 411 for someones phone #, or 666 (lucifer 2.o blog)? I want to call Nancy Pelosi and ask her if her refrigerator is running, and tell her to catch it! The other day I tried to book golf “with her” at the dnc. Have a nice day. No More War. Pant Suit on Fire

      08/13/16 1:28 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Speaking of Attorney Generals and Clinton…

      First Lady Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno were having one of those girl to girl talks. Hillary says to Janet, “You’re lucky that you don’t have to put up with men having sex with you. I have to put up with Bill, and there is no telling where he last had his pecker.” Janet responded. “Just because I am considered ugly, doesn’t mean I don’t have to fight off unwelcome sexual advances.” Hillary asks, “Well how do you deal with the problem?” Janet: “Whenever I feel that a guy is getting ready to make a pass at me, I muster all my might and squeeze out the loudest, nastiest, fart I can.” And believe me, that takes the wind out of his sails, so to speak! Hillary was impressed and thank the General for her sage advice and hurried home. Well, that night, Bill was already in bed with the lights out when Hillary headed for bed. She could hear him start to stir, and knew that he would be wanting some action. She had been saving her farts all day, and was ready for him. She tenses up her butt cheeks and forces out the most disgusting sounding fart you could imagine. Bill rolls over and says, “Is that you Janet?.”

      🙂

      08/13/16 1:51 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Sorry Peter..I couldn’t resist.

      08/13/16 1:52 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      “This all could have something to do with why the U.S. can’t seem to win the war in Iraq, but I just can’t put my finger on it right now.”

      WTF? If peace were to break out, the United States war economy would crash. Giving money to the United States government is as smart as giving it to a crack addict. Just say “NO.”

      08/14/16 10:21 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      08/14/16 10:23 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch- thanks- I laughed. Maybe others are a little too uptight.

      08/14/16 5:04 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…

      “Pitch- thanks- I laughed. Maybe others are a little too uptight.”

      Hahahaa.. hey..life is short. Let’s laugh while we can sometimes. Especially at the expense of those fucking scumbags who think they are above critique. Which reminds me.
      Speaking of life is short. One of my most revered REAL patriots just died.

      http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/

      Of whom I have linked to his blog many, many times here. For those who do not know, his name was Mike Vanderbough. He was and still is through his blog, the wavefront of the foremost movement of freedom and Constitutional restoring activist in the USA, and as such, was the leading edge in the exposure of the Fast and Furious debacle

      . Even in his passing,this movement continues to express and publish various observations of the current state of the nation. In relationship to Clinton..here is the latest opinion…

      http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2016/08/rawles-offers-solutions-to-problems-of.html

      Well..fuck it. I’m tired. I’m going to bed.

      08/14/16 9:27 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Trump has bottomed in the polls. He will rise after today. What are Vegas odds. What is Terror? Wage Peace…

      08/15/16 3:02 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Trump is still sliding down the polls. Like a pole- dancing stripper, Trump is only in it for the money.

      08/17/16 9:17 AM | Comment Link

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