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Aaron Karp, a political science instructor at Old Dominion University, was a source for a New York Times article Dec. 10 about the surging black market in weapons within Iraq.

Karp told the newspaper that the situation described in Iraq resembled that in some African countries where police sell off their guns. "The gun becomes the most valuable thing in the household," he was quoted as saying. "If anything happens to a police officer's family and he needs money, he walks into work the next day and says, 'Hey, my gun got stolen.'"

The article said weapons, such as 9-millimeter pistols, issued by the United States to Iraqi police and military personnel are ending up on the black market. It presented evidence that a significant number of the 370,000 weapons given to Iraqi security forces have been stolen or sold.

Karp is a specialist in weapons proliferation and regional conflict. He is reviews editor for the prestigious international journal, Contemporary Security Policy.

His wife, Regina Karp, associate professor of international studies at ODU, is North American editor for Contemporary Security Policy and director of the university's Center for Regional and Global Study.

This article was posted on: December 11, 2006

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