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Iraq seeks to clamp down on gun ownership

Regulating private security companies and proposing laws for possession of weapons are part of Iraq’s new strategy to impose order and the rule of law.
Security personnel guard the area as the vehicle of Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki leaves after visiting the newly restored Abu Nawas Road in Baghdad November 5, 2007.             REUTERS/Ceerwan Aziz (IRAQ) - RTR1VOPP

BAGHDAD — Iraq is working to regulate the activities of private security companies and rein in the chaotic circulation and use of weapons.

On Feb. 21, a group of armed tribesmen shot at an Iraqi comedian’s house in Baghdad after he criticized some tribal values in his TV show, "Walayat al-Battikh." Another example of the security chaos is the firing of Katyusha rockets into Baghdad’s Green Zone on Feb. 12, following bloody demonstrations in the capital.

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