I received the image below from an activity in Asia asking for help identifying the headstamp.
My initial reaction is that it was Iraqi based on the triangle which appears on almost all Iraqi made 9x19mm. The problem is the rest of the headstamp.
The two characters at the bottom are probably intended to indicates the caliber “9 p” but the 9 appears to be upside down. It should be . The other letter may be which is “M” in Farsi and appears on Iranian headstamps as to indicate millimeter. I can’t find any Arabic letters like this.
The two characters on the left are also confusing to me. One of the characters, the first or lower one could Arabic and is the first letter identifying the round as Iraqi on many cartridges made in Iraq (see Iraqi headstamp at bottom of this post. The truth is that neither of these two characters look Arabic at all to me. unless they are upside down, and even then they do not look correct
Finally, all the Iraqi 9x19mm headstamps I have documented have a date included on the headstamp, but there is no apparent date on this headstamp! Note the headstamp on the bottom is a typical Iraqi headstamp.
I know a number of you are far more competent in Arabic than I am, and your help and opinions would be appreciated.
My own suspicion is that the Unknown headstamp below may actually be from the Tribal Areas along the Afghanistan and Pakistan border that still make ammunition and some of it is copies of other countries products.
Any help appreciated!