Saturday, September 28, 2013

War is great business. I love weapons and make 50,000 Syrian pounds ($370) a day

Said 39-year-old Abu Mohammad, Aleppo’s main gun seller in an interview with AFP published in The Daily Tribune of September 27, 2013 under the title "War means profit for gun seller in Syria’s Aleppo". Aleppo is the largest city in Syria located in northwestern Syria 310 kilometres from Damascus.
Picture for illustration purpose only. (Credit : Reuters/Thaer Abdallah)
Published under Israel is fighting a regional war in Syria by
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, a sociologist, award-winning author & geopolitical analyst.

The items for sale in Abu Mohammad's shop include 9mm guns and AK-47 assault rifles. They are made in Iraq and Russia and priced between $1,500 to $2,000, depending on the quality. He also firearms, including rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and even swords. According to the report, he charges 15,000 Syrian pounds ($110) for 150 rounds of bullet. Abu Mohammad - an ex-employee of a weapons factory - also undertakes jobs of repairing damaged weapons.

In Syria, the role of foreign jihadists, linked to al-Qaida, has been a major issue of debate in the Western media, among think tanks and inside governments. But actual facts and figures are not known mainly because of the lack of media coverage from those areas of Syria that are being controlled by them. The regime of Bashar Assad, in its propaganda, has been calling the insurgency as the action of al-Qaida linked "foreign terrorists." Spiegel Online - a leading German media house - has extensively probed this aspect and reported the findings on it's website dated September 27, 2013 with respect to the danger these foreign jihadists pose and their lifestyle, as well.    

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