Kuwaiti sources said U.S. military equipment was being sold in the black
market of the Gulf Cooperation Council state. They said everything from
uniforms, body vests, combat knives and military bags could be found in the
black market in Jalib Al Shuyouk.
"Most of the equipment comes from U.S. soldiers who came from Iraq and
gave them away to their friends," a Kuwaiti source said.
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The Kuwait daily Al Anba said U.S. Army-issued firearms have also
reached the black market. But the newspaper said the black market in Jalib
Al Shuyouk offered mostly non-lethal equipment every Friday morning.
"The equipment was collected by Asians from U.S. soldiers in Kuwait," Al
The sources said body vests were being sold for about $25 while an
entire American military uniform could be bought for $10. All of the
equipment was tagged with U.S. Army logos.
The surplus U.S. military equipment has found a much larger market in
Iraq. The sources said U.S.-origin assault rifles and weapons could be found
in markets around Baghdad and other Iraqi cities.