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Hello gentlemen,

here I got one thing from IRAQ

I do not know what it is.

Somebody told me about "the mother of all battles"

I have heard about that, but I don´t know wheater it is right.

Any help is welcome.

Thanks

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This is a REPRODUCTIONS, FAKE copy of the Mother of all Battles Bravery medal, these molds are being made in Iraq.. for souvenirs to sell to the occupying forces in Iraq. They sold in 3s on a piece of Cardboard with a printed Iraqi Flag.

You can still see the excess flashing from the mold it was not cut away!!!

This is not the Manufactured medal which was manufactured in Iraq but a mold from that one:

Lorenzo

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Here is an original Iraqi manufactured issue:

Lorenzo

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Guest Darrell

Wow .. not much difference in quality either way.

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Wow .. not much difference in quality either way.

Iraq's Ministry of Awards had to contract an inside manufactuer due to the cost of the 1991 Gulf War and the Embargo Iraq was in at the time.

So he saved on cost:

Iraqi dealers want to make a buck so they make the molded issues from the originals to sell them to the occupying forces in Iraq.

I was told that there was an original sold Gold issue that was given to Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri Saddam Hussein's MOD...

Lorenzo

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Lorenzo, who is selling this stuff to the soldiers in Iraq? Is it adults or kids that tend to pawn the repro stuff off as souvenirs?

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AAFES, and BAZZARS run by AAFES

Many Iraqis are selling thru AFFES!!!!

Lorenzo

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AAFES, and BAZZARS run by AAFES

Many Iraqis are selling thru AFFES!!!!

Lorenzo

Pardon my ignorance ... what does AFFES stand for?

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Pardon my ignorance ... what does AFFES stand for?

Army & Air Force Exchange Service

It's their Gift Shops in Iraq

Lorenzo

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service

It's their Gift Shops in Iraq

Lorenzo

http://www.aafes.com/pa/news/05news/05-005.htm

Above is a link to one that opened in Baghdad, Iraq one of the largest ones: there they have lost of Rare Arabic Orders and medals and AAFES charges the Iraqi Dealers a TAX to sell there.

Thank you

Lorenzo

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MEDIA CONTACT: Judd Anstey

RELEASE NO. 05-005

RELEASE DATE: January 2005

Camp Liberty Bazaar Opening CAMP LIBERTY – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) opened a new Bazaar at Camp Liberty on 12 January to “provide more shopping for Soldiers but also to help Iraq take another step forward in the rebuilding of the country,” said Dan Tompkins, AAFES Iraq Vice President.

“This bazaar represents a historic moment; this facility was planned, coordinated, financed and built by the Iraqi vendors,” said Tompkins. “These entrepreneurs represent the future of Iraq, men who will not yield to the terrorists and will bring Iraq into the brotherhood of democracies.”

The bazaar building houses over seventy vendors selling everything from local perfumes to Iraqi souvenirs. “Many of the vendors sell items that are unique to Iraq and provide Soldiers an opportunity to buy a true souvenir without having to go outside of the camp,” said Tompkins.

Shoppers at the all-Iraqi bazaar at Liberty can find items such as stained glass, handcrafted art, paintings, electronics, hardware items, custom made leather goods, Iraqi jewelry, and footwear.

A unique centralized checkout system accepts cash and credit cards as well as the Department of Defense’s Military Star credit card. AAFES carefully monitors prices and products and all credit card transactions are conducted securely through the AAFES network.

The crowd of Soldiers on opening day quickly filed inside and within minutes the large facility was filled with hundreds of shoppers. “The day’s sales also reflected the Soldiers’ approval of the new bazaar—we had outstanding sales on the first day,” according to Bill Williams, AAFES Iraq’s services business manager.

The new bazaar is a metal warehouse building built entirely by Iraqi contractors. The contractors provided all construction labor and material for the over 10,000 sq ft. $140,000 building located next to the Camp Liberty Post Exchange (PX).

The previous facility, a 5,000 sq ft series of Iraqi-provided tents with inadequate lighting, averaged about one-half of what it makes now. The original bazaar began in mid-2003 at the AAFES facility located at the Baghdad International Airport in a warehouse across from Iraq’s first AAFES Burger King facility. Negotiations took place with AAFES contracting at the end of 2004 to establish the first long term bazaar contract in Iraq.

The Liberty Bazaar has generated very strong sales during the last 6 months and some of the revenue generated is back going back to the local economy and helping regenerate Iraqi businesses. A portion of the money goes through AAFES to fund Army and Air Force Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs. “The Liberty Bazaar is the most productive bazaar that AAFES operates on a continuous basis,” said Williams, who was instrumental in establishing the new bazaar.

Tompkins was joined by representatives of the Camp Liberty mayor’s cell and by two other special guests; Mohammed, the local Iraqi businessman who led the project and Specialist Douglas Lavnick, who cut the ribbon opening the new facility.

Lavnick, from Fontana, Wisconsin, is an Army Reservist assigned to the 1152nd Transportation Company from Milwaukee. His unit is currently attached to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 458th Engineer Battalion. Tompkins chose Lavnick from the crowd of Soldiers to be the first shopper. “I have been waiting for this new bazaar to open so I can buy some Iraqi souvenirs to send home,” said Lavnick.

“The Liberty Bazaar is one of the most unique services contracts [that] AAFES has been able to establish in Iraq. Truly, a win, win for all,” added Williams.

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Here is a posted info on the Bazzar:

Lorenzo

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Guest Darrell

There you go. I can tell the wife I learned something today :cheers: Thanx!

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Hello Lorenzo,

I like to say thanks for that informative news.

It`s a fake I learned!

So it´s my first fake than. I swaped with somebody from US - doesn´t matter.

The quality of ribbon is poor.

100 % Polyester and burned for getting some curves bettwen ribbon and medal.

Also there ars some mistakes in the warp from the loom - in the red stripe.

The medal is not magnetic (copper?) and on top

there is some transparent layer which is broken.

So thanks for all you information and help

Elivs

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Hello gentlemen,

here I got one more thing from IRAQ!

I do not know what it is.

Maybe it is also a fake?

Any help is welcome.

Thanks

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Hello gentlemen,

here I got one more thing from IRAQ!

I do not know what it is.

Maybe it is also a fake?

Any help is welcome.

Thanks

This is the 1991 Service or Participation medal for the 1991 Gulf War also known as the Mother of all Battles awarded to Iraqi soldiers in the 8 armys who fought against the West in Kuwait.

This Service or Participation medal was manufactured in Iraq: This is one of the most common medals of Iraq's Military History of Medals.

Thank you

Lorenzo

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The 1991 medal is not a reproduction Elvis. Too bad about the other, but bad copies are quite common in Iraq. Scott.

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Hello gents,

again "THANK YOU"

for all comments and information.

They are very useful for me.

Keep in touch

Elvis

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Hello gents,

again "THANK YOU"

for all comments and information.

They are very useful for me.

Keep in touch

Elvis

Any time my brother

Thank you for postingwink.gif

Lorenzo

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