Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

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    Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by Cap Camouflage Pattern I on Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:45 pm




    Had this vest for a while but never posted it, found a picture of it being used while looking for pictures of another Iraqi body armor vest I just bought and thought I'd post it.

    It still has the soft armor. Their is a lot of rust stains inside, looks like it was used with cheap metal plates.

    The label has been removed, not sure why, the other vest I got from the same source at the same time also had the label missing.

    Weird that the flag patch is on the back but it was on there when I got it.

    The flag is the post 2008 one.



    "Jan 22, 2006; Abu Ghraib, IRAQ; American soldiers protect an Iraqi soldier shot in the neck by an insurgent sniper outside a town council hall in Abu Ghraib, Iraq, on Jan. 22, 2006. American doctors later treated the soldier and said he was lucky to live. The bullet entered him in the left chin and exited at the right base of his neck. It missed his larnyx, carotid and jugular and"

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    Re: Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by Cap Camouflage Pattern I on Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:28 pm


    Iraqi troops on joint patrol with U.S. marines, Iskandariyah, Iraq, August 5, 2004

    This photo is not clear enough to say for certain if it is the same vest, but it is interesting as it suggests that they were used as far back as 2004.

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    Re: Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by Cap Camouflage Pattern I on Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:27 pm

    These were supposed to be better pictures but I suck at photography.







    The rear pocket has velcro to hold the soft armor panel in, the front pocket does not.

    The rear armor pocket has not rust stains, suggesting it either never had a plate or had a non-ferrous plate.
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    Re: Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by nkomo on Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:29 pm

    Great piece, Cap.

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    Re: Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by Cap Camouflage Pattern I on Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:53 am





    11/11/04 - Marines of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division and Iraqi Special Security Forces pull weapons and ammo out of crypts in a graveyard during a sweep in Operation Al Fajr (New Dawn), Nov. 11, 2004. Al Fajr is an offensive operation to eradicate enemy forces within the city of Fallujah in support of continuing security and stabilization operations in the Al Anbar province of Iraq by units of the 1st Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan L. Jones) (Released)


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    Re: Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by Cap Camouflage Pattern I on Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:58 pm







    Found these for sale on ebay, they very slightly, they have no velcro for patches, the shoulder straps fasten the other way around, and something seems different about the side closures but I can't tell what, the side may be able to open from the back as well as the front. My vest also has ghosting of where a second label was inside.

    The seller says they are available in Black and Dark blue.

    Unless some new evidence comes along I'm confident in saying these vest were made by Mile Draic in Serbia.

    I suspect in the future or possible even today some jerk will take the Serbian vests slap on an Iraqi flag and sell them as original.

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    Re: Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by Cap Camouflage Pattern I on Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:11 pm

    Here are some pictures from Mile Dragic's website:


    This vest provided | by the maximum protection with minimal weight. Ergonomic solution ensures comfort and flexibility during field activities. The fastening system at four points using Velcro. The vest has pockets for the insertion of ballistic plates.

    The level of ballistic protection according to NIJ Standard 0101.04
    IIA, II, III (and III, III + and IV with a board).

    Level of stab resistance by NIJ Standard 0115.00

    Selection of additional ballistic equipment:
    The choice of model charge: full, compact or comfort
    Colors: black, dark blue
    Sizes: M, L, XL, XXL

    Article code: 31305499

    http://www.armyequipment.com/proizvod.php?idP=29

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    Re: Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by Cap Camouflage Pattern I on Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:06 pm



    Iraqi soldiers listen to a leacture about weapons 21 February 2005 from a US Marines at the Haditah's dam base of the 1st Batallion 23rd US Marines, west of Baghdad. Iraqi and U.S. forces increased security operations in and around Iraq western Al-Anbar province and it capital th erestive city of Ramadi.

    Does anybody have any idea what is happening with the front left soldier chinstrap?




    Iraqi soldiers train on shooting an AK47 machinegun 21 February 2005 at the Haditah's dam base of the 1st Battalion 23rd US Marines, west of Baghdad. Iraqi and U.S. forces increased security operations in and around Iraq western Al-Anbar province and it capital the restive city of Ramadi.

    Interesting to see an Iraqi with a Lightweight Helmet


    Iraqi soldiers listen to a US Marines 21 February 2005 at the Haditah's dam base of the 1st Battalion 23rd US Marines, west of Baghdad. Iraqi and U.S. forces increased security operations in and around Iraq western Al-Anbar province and it capital the restive city of Ramadi.


    Marines show Iraqi soldiers how to load ammunition to a heavy machinegun 21 February 2005 at the Haditah's dam base of the 1st Battalion 23rd US Marines, west of Baghdad. Iraqi and U.S. forces increased security operations in and around Iraq western Al-Anbar province and it capital the restive city of Ramadi.

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    Re: Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by Cap Camouflage Pattern I on Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:59 pm


    An Iraqi police SWAT team during the annual National Police Day celebrations at the police academy on January 9, 2008 in central Baghdad, Iraq.

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    Re: Post-Invasion Black Iraqi Body Armor Vest

    Post by Cap Camouflage Pattern I on Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:42 am

    Now that I look at it again I don't think the Iraqi SWAT are wearing this vest.


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