The reason AKs show up in nearly all anti-US nations is because the Soviets mass produced them and literally gave them away to anyone willing to take up arms against Americans or American interests. I had actually always wondered why you’d see these African or Arabs who couldn’t afford a pot to piss in all armed to the teeth with AKs and a Marine friend filled me in.
Also, AK-47’s are easily copied and reproduced by a skilled gun smith in these third world countries. A gun is more important than a pot to piss in if your country is totally dysfunctional. Got to protect your turf.