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  1. I had my friend in Baghdad translate the above items for you. I hope this helps. Bob
  2. Reinhard, The Al Bakir University Star was awarded between 1976-2003 to the distinguished students in the Al Bakir University for Military Higher Studies, All Iraqi Army, Navy and Air Force Officers were allowed to attend this University regardless of their rank. There are two types of Al Bakir Stars. Both stars are 3 inches in diameter and are identical except for the center disc. The Italian made (higher quality) was used between 1976-1991. Iraqi made after 1991. The Iraqi's used the Italian- made star and attached their own disc. The Italian center disc is very well made and the Iraqi center disc is glazed and not as well made. The items represented in the center disc are a sword (Ground Forces), anchor (Navy) and wing (Air Force). The book represents knowledge, the torch represents the power of knowledge and science, and the quill pen represent science. Inside the book is a verse from the Holy Qur'an (God give me more knowledge). Written below the book is Al Bakir University 1976 A.D., 1396 A.H. There is also a pocket hanger with the central disc which is worn on the military uniform, a central disc with a spring pin fastener on the reverse which is worn on the civilian clothes, and an cloth patch with the Al Bakir emblem embroidered on the patch. Below is a picture of the Iraqi made star, hanger , civilian badge and patch. This information is from my first book on Iraqi Militaria Identification Guide with Translations. Bob
  3. Gordon, Thank you for taking the time to post this information. It clears up my question on the Korean War Service Medal plus other information I didn't know. Bob
  4. These are Kuwaiti Patches. Top left - 5th Inf. Bde. Top right - 74th Transportation Bn. Lower left - Air Force Lower middle - Artillery Lower right - anti- aircraft Bob
  5. Gro, It is an Iraqi 1980-1988 War Subscription Badge. It has Saddam's signature at the top and below is Subscription Badge, Qadissiyat Saddam (Iraqi-Iranian War). On the reverse is the Italian Maker. It is described in my book on page 81. Bob
  6. This is an Al Bakir University Star which was awarded between 1976-2003 to the distinguished students in Al Bakir University for Military Higher Studies. There are two types of Al Bakir Stars. 1 - Italian Made higher quality),used between 1976-1991. 2 - Iraqi Made (used after 1991). The only difference is the center disc of which the Italian one is better made and higher quality. This center disc can also be found on a leather pocket hanger which was awarded to officers who graduated from the university. It was used from 1980-2003 although it has been seen still being worn to date. This information can be found in the first book I published in February 2011 titled" Iraqi Militaria,Identification Guide with Translations" on page 124-125. Below is a picture from 2009 showing the leather hanger being worn. Bob
  7. Paul, Thank you for your information. I have seen the brown Afrika Cuff tiles but not a green one. The lettering and palm trees have the silver bullion thread. This one is faded and looks like it had been sewn on at one time. Bob
  8. I had posted this cuff title in a different forum and it was suggested to me to post it here to maybe get more answers. What or who is this cuff title for? Is it real or a reproduction? It is 15-1/2 in. long and 1-1/4 in. wide. Thank you in advance. Bob
  9. What (who) is this cuff title for? Is it real or a reproduction? It is 15-1/2 in long and 1-1/4 in. wide Thank you in advance. Bob
  10. Paul, You have a Black Republican Guard marked beret in your collection already! It is the first one on your pile. If you look in my book on Iraqi Militaria on page 148, you will see the label and translation for it. Bob
  11. This is the current Kurdistan Police Hat Badge. It is a well made metal badge. It is 2-5/16 in. across and has a threaded post on the reverse with a flat retaining nut. It was made by Donatim Ticaret in Istanbul, Turkey. Bob
  12. Maskedkhan, A beautiful dagger. You don't see these very often. This is the second one I've seen. Bob
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