cupro-nickel circular medal. The obverse design bears the crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II (the Wynne effigy) surrounded by the legend 'ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID.DEF.' The reverse design bears the symbol of the 'Lamussu' (a sculpture dating from the Assyrian period) above the single word 'IRAQ'. The medal, which is one and a quarter inches in diameter (30mm), is suspended by a straight swivelling bar from a ribbon one and a quarter inches in width. The ribbon is sand coloured with three narrow vertical stripes in the centre of (left to right) black, white and red, these being the colours of the Iraq national flag. Where a clasp has been awarded, this is a straight, plain clasp affixed to the suspender bar, and bears the dates '19 MAR TO 28 APR 2003'.
Part of a collection of surplus medals and decorations gifted to the Museum following the closure of the Army Medal Office in 2005.
The Iraq Medal was authorised on 23 February 2004 to be issued to members of the British Armed Forces and certain attached personnel for service in support of Operation Telic between 20 January 2003 and 22 May 2011. Operation Telic was the designation for British military operations during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its aftermath.
The medal was awarded to those meeting the qualifying period of service within the defined operational area. Eligibility included both regular and reserve members of the armed forces, foreign and Commonwealth exchange and attached forces, Ministry of Defence civilians, members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and embedded journalists. The operational area was divided into two zones. Zone One included Iraq and Kuwait and Zone Two was defined as elsewhere within the Gulf region.
The medal was issued with the clasp ’19 Mar – 28 Apr 03’ provided the recipient served in Zone One between 19 March 2003 and 28 April 2003 and completed 7 days continuous service or served as aircrew flying into Zone One and completed two or more operational sorties (no more than one sortie per day). A silver rosette denotes the clasp when worn on the ribbon bar.
Recipients of the medal only must have completed 30 days continuous service in either Zone One or Zone Two, or served as aircrew flying into Zones One or Two, or served as aircrew based outside of Iraq and completed ten operational sorties (no more than one sortie per day).
The Iraq Medal is made of cupro-nickel and measures 1.4 inches in diameter. The obverse shows the crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, with the inscription: ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID DEF. The reverse shows an image of a Lamassu, an ancient Assyrian protective deity, above the word: IRAQ. The ribbon, measuring 1.25 inches wide, is sand coloured with three narrow central stripes of black, white and red to represent the Iraq landscape.