Iraqi Government Awards Liberation Medal To Veterans Of Operation Iraqi Freedom G-Had July 30, 2012 News 29 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Legislators from the Iraqi Government and officials at the Pentagon confirmed today that all US military veterans that participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom would be eligible to receive a new decoration on behalf of the grateful Iraqi people: the Kurdish-Iraqi-Levantine Liberation Medal of Excellence. “We’ve been debating the merits of a liberation medal ever since 2003,” said acting Iraqi Minister of Defense Saadoun al-Dulaymi, “but somehow it never made the top of our priority list until now.” Showing reporters the original document from 2003 authorizing a liberation medal, al-Dulaymi made a half-hearted effort to cover up the dozen bullet holes and large piece of shrapnel embedded in the paper. When asked if the dark red stain along the bottom of the document was blood, al-Dulaymi shrugged and said, “Probably.” The medal features a series of concentric circles representing the eight years of liberation, occupation, advisory, offensive, consolidation, transition, counteroffensive, reconsolidation, readvisory, and fuck-it-it’s-good-enough periods by the US military in Iraq. According to al-Dulaymi, the Iraqi government will initially mint 3,142 medals, one for every day the American military was in Iraq following its official liberation on May 1, 2003, and present them to a select special group of Americans at a public rally in Baghdad. To cut down on costs, the medals will be made out of leftover piping from Fallujah’s incomplete sewer system, and produced in neighboring Iran. Iraqi lawmaker and former insurgent leader Muqtada al-Sadr praised the United States for its role in removing Saddam Hussein, but expressed disappointment that the award ceremony would initially only be attended by American servicemembers. “What about the British or the members of contractor groups like Blackwater who all played such an important role in Iraq’s recent history? We should be able to give them our personal message of thanks, too!” Even more importantly, Al-Sadr noted that the medal makes no mention of the countless Iraqis who worked for the United States. He recently introduced a bill in the Iraqi parliament to give a full pension and medical benefits to all Iraqis who served as American intelligence sources as soon as the US government provides Iraq with their names. Other Iraqis are even more excited. “I am very happy to see our American friends again,” said Mohammed Abdullah, showing off scars he received during his three months in Abu Ghraib prison. Abdullah, who later found work as an interpreter for the US Army, spoke to reporters from neighboring Jordan where he now lives as a refugee. “I am only disappointed that my parents, six brothers, and two sisters will not be here to see them as well, may they all rest in peace.” Currently the Iraqi parliament is debating whether to hold the initial awards ceremony in Fallujah or Sadr City, the two municipalities which described themselves as “most touched” by the American military. Competition between the two areas has been extremely fierce, with over 500 Iraqis killed in just the initial voting period. Following the ceremony, entertainment will be provided by the magic of Dawud Muhammad. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/JStIf Chris Peters says: June 13, 2014 at 5:44 AM I literally could not stop laughing until 10 minutes after reading this. Jon Kelley says: June 13, 2014 at 4:58 AM Oh. Your. God. The “KILLME”? Love it! (I played in Saddam’s Sandbox in 1991, I just knew it was a can of worms…) Tony Courser says: June 12, 2014 at 11:43 PM Common, photo shopped in. He is First Sergeant Heavier Montanez from “The Old Guard” and yes he is the guy in the posters at the clothing and sales. He deployed to Iraq and I don’t see that on his uniform because the picture was taken in 2007-2008 before he deployed. You guys done yet with the wise cracks. He is an outstanding First Sergeant. A credit to the uniform and the United States Army and his men. Taff Hughes says: June 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM Contrary to Mr Al-Sadr’s complaint, there is an Iraqi medal planned for the British veterans of OP TELIC, and this fine young gentleman is modelling the insignia on it: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mlgFfi789Jg/T71e1QIem0I/AAAAAAAACGo/DcHhjvqlWkc/s1600/one%2Bfinger%2Bsalute.png TheFundraiser Rozay Williams says: April 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM Wow. TheFundraiser Rozay Williams says: April 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM Anyone else think this is a bad idea? Ervikar Von Glocken says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM *snrrrk* Travis Yaggy says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM ?, should I say what that reminds me of? Doc Bailey says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM $5 says that the half the guys that go, get the Baghdad Blowout from those Kabobs, and thus miss the awards ceremony entirely, being busy vomiting and shitting their brains out. Justin E. Miller says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM That is one of the worst ‘shop photo jobs I’ve ever seen. Are you guys even pretending to be real anymore? Tom Lewis says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM The version for American intelligence sources is twice as big and hangs lower on the chest. I hear a big box store in America declined to provide gift cards during presentation ceremonies in Sadr City. Jonn Lilyea says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM I heard the US government has loaned the Iraqis some BlueBird buses to ferry the awardees from the airport to the ceremony. Michelle Dawn Lotz-Lynch says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM Priceless…the stories keep getting better and better. Damon Eversole says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM Fuck it it’s good enough phase.. Love it John Delmonico says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM I vote for sticking that medal up Al Sadr asshole! David Catani says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM Made out of the left unfinished piping of the Fallaujah Septic System.. Awesome! NOT! Keep it Patrick Kerr says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM funny, I seem to recall seeing that mighty fine 1SG at clothing and sales showing me how to properly wear the ASU’s and now he is displaying the proper wear and appearance of the this impressive award! I see a star for this young upstart! All those years watching the Iraqis ripping the rebar out of their building and now I know why. Kristian Sorensen says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM Kurdish-Iraqi-Levantine Liberation Medal of Excellence a.k.a. KILLME. Classic. Greg Amira says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM I think the “and produced in neighboring Iran” is the key! This should mean that every medal will have a lethal poison embedded in it & released after being pinned on the recipient. Mike Mercer says: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM “al-Dulaymi” has to be a special request from the REMFs. leftoftheboom says: August 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM “Currently the Iraqi parliament is debating whether to hold the initial awards ceremony in Fallujah or Sadr City, the two municipalities which described themselves as “most touched” by the American military.” I would like to touch them one more time, each deserve a MOAB right in the center of down town. But for a Gold metal strike, a B61 set for 300 KT. Let them look into the face of God. Joel Quebec says: July 30, 2012 at 2:42 PM Is it just me, or does it look like a bull’s eye target? Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: July 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM Only if you squint your eyes and tilt your head just right. Major Major Major says: July 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM And look through a scope. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: July 30, 2012 at 2:42 PM Wait a minute…K.I.L.L. M.E. getting everyone in one area, wanting the names of all people involved in intelligence…sounds sounds totally legit to me. I would go pick it up but I would just get lost on the way. RipWaxmaster says: July 31, 2012 at 6:06 AM You’d probably do alright without the map or compass. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: July 31, 2012 at 11:17 PM I imagine I would be okay if I just stopped and asked for directions along the way. Michael Hasbun says: July 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM LOL…silly… Old Ass Sarge says: July 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM Damn…the K.I.L.L.M.E. medal….better call MPF and ensure that fucker is NOT on my records!