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IRAQI MEDAL FOR PEACE - GOLD
Nut al-Salam / Medal for Peace, 1970 -- Conflicts with
the Kurds broke out again in the summer of 1965 and
moved Iraqi-Kurdish relations closer to a state of
war, and cross-border attacks into Iran complicated
what had been in essence an internal matter.
It appeared to many that the Shah of Iran was an active
supporter of Kurdish rebellion against the Iraqi
state. Despite active efforts at settlement, by
October 1968, Iraq faced what was essentially a
full-scale internal war with its Kurdish population.
The Kurds demanded autonomy and aappealed for United
Nations arbitration. On 11 March 1970, a settlement
was, at long last, achieved with the Kurds (thanks in
large part to the personal diplomatic interventions of
Saddam Hussein) and a formal peace agreement and
system for shared authority and administration was
This medal was established: Law No. 3 of 1971.
Manufactured by Hugenin (Le Loche, Switzerland).
Three versions were available: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The Gold version is featured here.
From the Lorenzo Luna collection
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