Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Où sont les Glocks d’antan?

L'Orient Le Jour reports that the US has recorded the serial numbers of only 2.7% of the weapons it imports into Iraq for distribution to Iraqi security forces. As to 9mm Glock pistols provided to the Iraq police between 2004 and 2005, 80,000 are missing. The Glock is now the official pistol of the Islamic Army of Iraq. Meanwhile, the Iraqi goverment is buying $100 million in light weapons from China because US weapon manufacurers can't take orders owing to backlog.

Today the mayor of Iskandariyah, Abbas al-Khafaji, was assassinated. An Iraqi MP was captured in Sharkat as he was allegedly "plotting" with al-Qaeda (guffaw). Sheikh Maawia Naji Jebara, a leading of "The Anbar Reawakening", the US pet project, was also assassinated along with no less than 5 bodyguards near Samarra.


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