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Guns galore as anarchy stalks Baghdad

Seif has never fired a gun. He wouldn’t know how one worked, he says. But that did not stop him buying both a pistol and an AK-47 assault rifle last month. In Baghdad, it can seem everyone these days is armed, a mark of violence that is ever more anarchic and prompting efforts by the government, U.S. military, and even militia leaders, to curb rogue gunmen, especially among majority Shi’ites, who threaten what the prime minister has called the “last chance” for peace. Terrified by the thought of being caught up in the sort of street violence seen in several Baghdad neighborhoods in the past week, when dozens of people have been gunned down by squads of militants, Seif typifies Baghdad’s spreading gun culture. Full Story

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