SAUDI ARABIAN LIBERATION OF KUWAIT

The Saudi Arabian version of the Kuwait Liberation Medal was given to those Coalition Forces members who participated in Operation Desert Storm and the liberation of Kuwait between January 17, 1991 and February 28, 1991. Interestingly, it is senior in precedence to the Kuwaiti version of the same medal since Saudi King Fahd ibn Abdulaziz awarded it years earlier than the Kuwaiti medal. In addition, it is presented for service during a six-week period, while the Kuwaiti medal was awarded for service over roughly three years.
 
However, like the Kuwaiti medal, the criteria for the Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait medal is that receiving members had to have served in one or more of the following areas: the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, parts of the Arabian Sea (10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude), and the total land areas of Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
 
The elaborate medal is a silver star with fifteen rounded points with shorter rounded points between each one. A gilt medallion is centered on the star's points, and it is inscribed with a wreath at the base and a crown at the top. In the middle is a silver Earth superimposed with a gilt representation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
 
Above the gilt medallion is a ribbon bar of crossed swords topped with a palm tree taken from the Saudi Royal Cypher. Curved beneath is a swallow-tailed scroll with its ends folded back and pointing upward. The scroll is inscribed with "Liberation of Kuwait" in English and Arabic. The medal's ribbon features a central 5/8th-inch green stripe bordered on either side by a 3/16th-inch white stripe, a 1/16th-inch black stripe, and a 5/16th-inch red stripe.
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