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28 January 2005

Institute for War & Peace Reporting

Zaid Fawzy has come to a crowded Baghdad market with one purpose in mind — to get hold of a pistol before the January 30 election. "I want to buy a gun quickly to protect myself and my family before the election comes," said Fawzy, who works for Iraq's oil ministry. Fears of violence during and after the election have caused a boom in gun sales on the black market in Baghdad. Recent demand has added 150 US dollars to the price of pistols and raised the price of a... (

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