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by Jaume Ollé
Whitney Smith writes in the last release of Ar Banniel:
(...) The less common in basic colours of flags is black (21% of national flags.) In bicolour flags, the white-black combination is very unfrequent, although several flags are made of white and black and other colours. The reasons about it might be dark look, negative symbolical associations, or other factors. (...) The black Afghan flags were inspired by the black banners used by the Abassid dynasty (750-1258), which seems to have been covered with golden (and not white) inscriptions.
Ivan Sache, 2 August 1999
According to Baert 2001, black became the national colour of Afghanistan under Emir Abdul Rahman (1880-1901). Abdul Rahman's son, Emir Hibullah Khan (1901-1919) was able to preserve the neutrality of Afghanistan during the First World War, in spite of pressure exerted by