Sadr-Aldeen repairs a weapon at his shop, in Irbil, northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
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In gunsmith Bahktiyar Sadr-Aldeen's workshop in this Kurdish city in northern Iraq, every weapon has a story.Sadr-Aldeen, an Iraqi Kurd, has seen his business shoot up by 50 percent since last June, when ISIS took over Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, 80 kilometers west of Irbil. The Kurdish fighting force known as the peshmerga has been at war against the Sunni extremists ever since, keeping Aldeen busy.For three days, Sadr-Aldeen has been trying to polish the blood off an M16 rifle brought in by a peshmerga soldier last week.He also modifies weapons, taking special pride for his work on Kalashnikov rifles. He showed off one weapon with a shortened barrel that makes it lighter and capable of firing more powerful bursts.
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