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    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:35 pm

    Well....I have been after something like this for quite some time. This is a heavily used Iraqi made AK chest rig (4 cell) and a portion of a Mahdi Army/Mahdi Militia headband.

    The chest rig is made of a HEAVY tarp material. The material used is much heavier than any other Iraqi made AK chest pouch that I own.

    The headband is made of a velveteeen type material. Not sure if it is a headband or armband.

    Figuring I will never find an insurgent outfit, I may very well get this framed and display it on the wall.






    Link to a website about the Mahdi Army: http://vkb.isvg.org/Wiki/Groups/Mahdi_Army


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    Post by Easy Gee on Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:48 pm

    Hi Arch congratulations on these pieces Mate.

    Very nice pieces and interesting but equally disturbing history behind these insurgents.

    Thanks for sharing what I can only imagine are super-rare pieces of militaria Wink



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    Post by MyZone on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:08 pm

    Very nice indeed..... cheers
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    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:11 pm

    Thanks, Gary. It is indeed disturbing when you find out the history behind this insurgent group. Very violent.
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    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:12 pm

    MyZone wrote:Very nice indeed..... cheers

    Thanks, MZ.
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    Post by Mercenary25 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:48 pm

    My 1st calvary friend, Michael Phipps who was in Sadr. He fought with the Mahdi Army. I bet it would display so nicely with his grouping!


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    Post by Mercenary25 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:34 pm

    Arch, I went on searching for images and found this picture. Note: The headband has different arabic writing but characterstics are exact same.



    An Iraqi supporter of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stands near mock coffins, symbolizing killed Mahdi army members, during a rally on February 21, 2008 in the Sadr city Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq. Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is expected to announce within days whether to extend his Mahdi Army ceasefire or not. Al-Sadr declared a six month truce on August 29, 2007 which some Iraqi and US military officials claim has played a vital part in reducing sectarian violence. The six month truce is set to expire at the end of February. By Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images.


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    Post by Mercenary25 on Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:38 pm

    The chest rigs.



    Above: Members of the Mahdi Army. Tensions have been rising for months between the two primary Shia militias known as the Badr Brigade and the Mahdi Army as each struggles for political dominance. The Badr Brigade is the paramilitary force of the largest Shia political bloc, the Supreme Islamic Council in Iraq. The Mahdi Army is the paramilitary force of the Sadrists, headed by Moqtada al-Sadr. The Iraqi security forces are heavily infiltrated by both, with each having varying amounts of control in different areas. Below: A scene from Sadr City. Al-Sadr has built his following from millions of the poorest Iraqis, and his organization has provided food, money and medical care when none else was available.

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    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:56 pm

    AWESOME research, Merc!!!!!!!
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    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:20 pm

    I didn't realize that the Mahdi Army was involved in some of the larger engagements post-invasion time period. I had thought they fought in smaller engagements. Here is a list of some of the larger battles they were part of:

    Siege of Sadr City

    Battle of Najaf (2004)

    Battle of Diwaniya

    Battle of Amarah

    Battle of Karbala (2007)

    Siege of U.K. bases in Basra

    Battle of Basra (2008)

    Iraq Spring Fighting of 2008


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    Post by ladrang on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:16 pm

    Very nice pieces Arch.

    Thanks for sharing them Wink
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    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:37 pm

    ladrang wrote:Very nice pieces Arch.

    Thanks for sharing them Wink

    Thanks, Iadrang. Been a long time trying to find a grouping like this one.
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    Post by Ben on Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:38 pm

    Very interesting stuff, Arch. I haven't seen too many items from the "other side" of this conflict.


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    Post by nkomo on Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:55 pm

    I have noticed the same thing as well. Since the insurgents didn't wear a uniform per se, you wouldn't expect to see those. I have seen plenty of AK chest rigs, RPG backbacks, mortar sighting devices, etc. However, you can never be 100% they are insurgent or Iraqi Army used. To be honest, this is one of the few insurgent grouping I've seen.
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    Post by kriegsmodell on Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:24 am



    Very, VERY nice. I really like the insurgent items ......



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    Post by HoovieDude on Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:50 pm

    Remind me Monday and I will get it translated for you. And fcuk the JAM..Jaiysh Al Mahdi. And Snaggle tooth Al Sadr!!
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    Post by nkomo on Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:26 am

    Thanks, Mike. A translation would be great.

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    Re: Mahdi Army Grouping

    Post by HoovieDude on Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:01 pm

    Arch, according to one of my Iraqis the arabic is a general religious phrase/blessing towards the prophet Mohammads bloodline and his nephew Ali who was considered to be a rightful Imam in the Islamic movement according to the Shiites. Ali was murdered by others who thought that the succession of "command" should be based upon general consensus vs blood lines.

    Basically, this is akin to a soldier writing a prayer or other religious graffiti on his helmet, etc..
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    Post by nkomo on Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:09 pm

    Thanks , Mike!!! I kind of figured it might say something like that and would be in line with the Mahdi Army ideology.. However, I am relieved it didn't say "Wal-Mart of Sadr City"!Laughing Laughing

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