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King Faisal I Medal for Gallantry.

The King Faisal I Medal for Gallantry (Nut al-Shuja'at al-Malik Faisal al-Awwal): instituted by King Faisal I on 15th May 1926 as a reward for acts of supreme gallantry in the face of the enemy. Further acts of gallantry were recognised by the award of a gold crown attached to the medal ribbon. Obsolete 1934. Copyright© Christopher Buyers   

The Gallantry Medal - Military (L) and Air with crown emblem (R).

The Gallantry Medal (Nut al-Shuja'at): instituted by King Ghazi in April 1934 as a reward for acts of supreme gallantry by officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Iraqi Military Forces. Awarded in two divisions, the first for military service on the ground and the second for gallantry in the air. Further acts of gallantry were recognised by the award of a gold crown attached to the medal ribbon. Copyright© Christopher Buyers 

The Police DSM (L), Active Service Medal (Military) (C) and Police Active Service Medal (R).

The Arab Independence Medal (Nut al-Istiqlal al-Arabi): instituted by King Hussein I of the Hijaz in 1921 in celebration of Arab independence in 1916. Retained as both an Iraqi and a Jordanian award after 1925.
The Ma'an Medal (Nut al-Ma'an): instituted by King Hussein I of the Hijaz on 5th May 1918 to reward those members of the Arab Army and irregular forces who took part in the battle of Ma'an, later in Jordan, during the period 16th-22nd April 1918. Confirmed 11th September 1919. Retained as both an Iraqi and a Jordanian award after 1925.
The Police Distinguished Service Medal (Nut al-Shurta lil Khidmat al-Mumtazah): instituted by King Faisal I on 13th February 1927 as a reward for acts of bravery by members of the Iraqi Police Force and auxiliary forces. Further acts of gallantry were recognised by the award of a silver star attached to the medal ribbon.
The Medal of the Two Rivers (Nut al-Rafidain): instituted by King Faisal II in 1956 as a reward for meritorious services. Awarded in two classes (1. silver medal, and 2. bronze medal).

The Active Service Medal or the King Faisal War Medal (Nut al-Khidmat al-Amma): instituted by King Faisal I on 15th May 1926 in recognition of general active services in or with the Iraqi Armed Forces on active duty. Services during specific campaigns were signified by bars with the action or campaign and date.
The Iraq Flight Medal: instituted by King Ghazi in 1937 as an award for officers who distinguished themselves through valuable services to the Royal Iraqi Air Force in non-operational duties. Further acts of gallantry were recognised by the award of an emblem attached to the medal ribbon.
The Police Active Service Medal (Nut al-Shurta lil Khidmat al-Amma): instituted by King Ghazi in 1939 in recognition of general active services by members of the Iraqi Police Force and auxiliary forces. Copyright© Christopher Buyers 

1939-1945 War Medal (L) and Victory Medal (R).

The 1939-1945 War Medal (Nut al-Harb 1939-1945): instituted by the Prince Regent 'Abdu'l Illah, on behalf of King Faisal II, in 1945. Awarded in recognition of services towards the war effort during the Second World War 1939-1945.
The Victory Medal (Nut al-Nasir): instituted by the Prince Regent 'Abdu'l Illah, on behalf of King Faisal II, in 1945. Awarded in commemoration of the Allied victories over the Axis powers in 1945.  Copyright© Christopher Buyers

King Faisal II Enthronement Medal - silver (L) and bronze (C), and the Salvation Medal (R).

The Enthronement Medal (Nut al-Tohija): instituted by King Faisal II to commemorate his coming of age and enthronement as King of Iraq on 2nd May 1953. Awarded in three grades (1. gold - conferred on royalty only, 2. silver, and 3. bronze).
The Salvation Medal (Nut al-Inqath): instituted by King Faisal II in 1954 as a reward for services performed during the catastrophic floods caused when the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers both burst their banks that year.
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