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Valley of the Wolves: Iraq

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Valley of the Wolves: Iraq (2006).

Valley of the Wolves: Iraq (Turkish: Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak) is a 2006 Turkish action film directed by Serdar Akar that centers around a former Turkish intelligence agent (Necati Sasmaz) who leads a commando team into Iraq to seek revenge on an American spy (Billy Zane) for the detention and humiliation of Turkish soldiers. The film gained some notoriety when it was released for its strongly anti-US tone, including depictions of US soldiers abusing prisoners, killing civilians, engaging in organ trafficking, among other atrocities.

The following weapons are seen in the film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq:


Beretta 92FS

The Beretta 92FS is used by Lieutenant Suleyman Aslan (Tayfun Eraslan), one of the Turkish soldiers arrested by the Americans, to shoot himself out of shame at the beginning of the film. Memati (Gurkhan Uygun), one of the protagonists, also uses a Beretta 92FS as his main weapon throughout the film. These pistols are likely replicas due to the large amounts of sparks and smoke that they generate when fired.

Beretta 92FS 9x19mm
Bruni Model 92 stage firing blank prop - 8mm.
Lieutenant Aslan points a Beretta at his head.
An Iraqi man fires a Beretta 92FS into the air during a wedding celebration, prompting nearby US Army soldiers to come and raid the party.
Memati fires the Beretta at an approaching American soldier.
Memati is wounded while firing the Beretta during the finale.

Umarex GPDA

Polat Alemdar (Necati Sasmaz) and his fellow agents Erhan (Erhan Ufak) and Abdulhey (Kenan Coban) all use Umarex GPDA pistols throughout the film, Abdulhey using a nickel-plated version. Colonel Sam William Marshall (Billy Zane) also uses a GPDA to shoot a man he suspects of collaborating with the Turks.

Browning GPDA9 - 9mm PAK. This is a Theatrical blank only pistol (made with licensed trademarks by Umarex of Germany), it is NOT a real firearm.
Polat fires his GPDA at US Army soldiers during a foot chase.
Colonel Marshall points the GPDA.
The protagonists take cover while avoiding American patrols.
Marshall's subordinate Dante (Diego Serrano) threatens some Iraqi civilians with his GPDA.
Nickel Plated Browning GPDA9 - 9mm PAK.
Abdulhey fires his nickel plated GPDA.
Abdulhey gets up after narrowly avoiding a rocket.

Unknown revolver

Colonel Marshall uses an unknown revolver during the finale. Like the other handguns in the film, it is likely a replica of some kind.

Marshall searches for Polat with a revolver.
Marshall fires his revolver.


Heckler & Koch G36C (possibly airsoft)

US Army special forces soldiers use the Heckler & Koch G36C when they arrest a team of Turkish troops in Iraqi Kurdistan. Since the rifles are never fired, it is likely that these are airsoft G36Cs that are made by several companies, most notably Umarex.

Heckler & Koch G36C with vertical foregrip- 5.56x45mm
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US Army escort the Turks in hoods; modeled after a real-life incident in July 2003 where American troops arrested Turkish soldiers in Sulaymaniyah, causing an extreme uproar in Turkey.


Most of the US Army soldiers in the film wield M16A2 rifles with attached flashlights.

M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. Select Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3 round Burst Only).
US Army soldiers hold M16A2s during the standoff with the Turks.
American and Turkish soldiers point M16A2s at each other.
US Army special forces soldiers hold M16A2s while escorting Colonel Marshall.
A US Marine is armed with an M16A2 while stacking up on a door. The helmet appears to be of "steel pot" variety with a flap pasted on the back to make it somewhat resemble a modern Kevlar helmet.

M16A1 (With M16A2 Handguards)

When the M16A2s are fired, they turn into M16A1 rifles with M16A2 handguards. The US Army special forces soldiers that attack an Iraqi village in the finale are largely armed with the M16A1 as well.

M16A1 with A2 style handguards - 5.56x45mm.
US Army soldiers fire into a crowd of civilians after they are ambushed at the wedding.
A US Army soldier, holding an M16A1, collapses after being shot.
A US Army soldier holds a replica M16A1 equipped with a flashlight.
Dante fires an M16A1 during the finale.

Colt Model 715/Diemaco C7

At least one of the US Army soldiers uses a Colt Model 715/Diemaco C7, meant to resemble an M16A2, when firing.

Colt Model 715 (virtually identical rifle to the Colt Canada C7) - 5.56x45mm
A US Army soldier fires a Colt Model 715/Diemaco C7 during the wedding attack - as evidenced by the M16A1-style sights and M16A2-style brass deflector.
A US Army soldier takes fire from Polat during a foot chase.

M4A1 carbine

Some of the US Army soldiers use M4A1 carbines with flashlights and red dot sights mounted on the handguard. Like the M16A2, these are never shown firing during the film.

Colt M4A1 with 6 position collapsible stock - 5.56x45mm.
A US Army soldier drags wounded prisoners out of a truck.
US Army soldiers hold M4A1 carbines while searching a hamlet.

Colt Model 723

Polat uses a Colt Model 723 carbine during the finale. As with many weapons in the film, the Colt Model 723 may be yet another replica due to its similarity with the cap-firing MGC M16A2 Carbine. Anachronistically, US Army soldiers are also seen with the Colt Model 723, when an M4A1 Carbine would be more accurate.

Colt Model 723 "M16A2 carbine" - 5.56x45mm.
Polat moves in for a kill with a Colt Model 723, sneaking up behind a US Army special forces soldier.
Polat fires an M723.
Polat tells Leyla (Berguzar Korel) to keep quiet.
Strangely, a US Army special forces soldier uses a M723 to fire off a grenade, when an M203 grenade launcher would be more accurate.


Various Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi civilians are seen wielding non-firing AK-47 and AKS-47 rifles.

Hudson AK-47, a Japanese Replica firearm based on the original Type III AK-47, seen here with AKS-style underfolding stock
An Iraqi man celebrates at a wedding by waving around an AK-47.
Oddly, a US Army special forces soldier is seen with an AKS-47, aiming it at a Turkish soldier.
Two Peshmerga fighters in the foreground hold a replica AK-47 and replica AKS-47.
An Iraqi insurgent holds an AKS-47 during a beheading video.


AKMS rifles are used during firing scenes, most noticeably when Polat uses one to kill a Peshmerga officer at a roadblock. Dante (Diego Serrano) also uses one to shoot up a container truck full of prisoners being transferred to a clinic for the doctor (Gary Busey).

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
Polat cuts down a pesky Peshmerga guard with his own AKMS.
An Iraqi man is shot and killed after he fires at US soldiers when they accidentally kill a little boy via a negligent discharge.
Dante shoots a container truck to give the prisoners inside "some air".

Unknown sniper rifle

Polat uses a bolt-action sniper rifle of unknown make and model during an attempt to assassinate Colonel Marshall when he meets with Iraqi officials.

Polat takes aim with a sniper rifle.
Polat fires a sniper rifle at US soldiers, with deadly precision.

Machine Guns


A Turkish soldier uses a MG3 machine gun while facing off against US soldiers in the introduction.

MG3 Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
A Turkish soldier watches from a rooftop position.
Another angle.

Fake Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun

Mock Browning M2 heavy machine guns are mounted on US Humvees. The weapons are smaller than the real M2, and are thus, clearly fakes.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
A US Army special forces soldier cocks his "M2".
The same soldier is shot and killed while grasping the machine gun.

Fake NSV Heavy Machine Gun

Another weapon mounted on the faux Humvees is a machine gun that resembles a NSV heavy machine gun.

Tripod-mounted NSV heavy machine gun with ammo box and belt - 12.7x107mm.
A US Army special forces soldier (or WWE candidate perhaps) mans an "NSV" machine gun.



US Army special forces soldiers use M72 LAW rocket launchers to destroy civilian buildings in the finale. This is anachronistic, as the M136 AT4 replaced the M72 LAW in the US military by the time the Iraq War started.

M72A2 LAW - 66mm.
A US Army special forces soldier aims an M72 LAW.
Another US Army special forces soldier an M72 LAW.

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