An Iraqi electrical engineer vs. the Islamic State
Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Ibadi has a lot on his plate before he can even think about tackling Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his Islamist forces.
The price of Kalashnikov rifles has jumped by tens of percentage points in recent weeks in the weapons stores of Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region. They now cost between $1,500-$1,700 apiece, compared to $700-$800 before the invasion of northern Iraq by Islamic State forces in June.
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