[Pedant mode on] IIRC it wasn't the Iraq (TELIC) Medal but the OSM Afghanistan (without Clasp) that was awarded to personnel in UKMTO in Dubai. It was for one of the early Ops (ORACLE I think?) in support of action in Afghanistan. Award of the OSM for those in Dubai was retained after the various Afghan ops were amalgamated into Op HERRICK until relatively recently.
IIRC (again) the Iraq Medal was only awarded for service in Iraq or at sea in the NAG from 2003 until May 2011 (and in Kuwait for the earliest part of the Op).
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