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Afghanistan October 1978 - April 1980

Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Jamburiat Demokratik

Last modified: 2005-02-06 by santiago dotor
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by Mark Sensen

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I believe this may have been the only version of the Afghani national flag which did not feature black in its design until the Taliban's white banner came into use.

Daniel S. Padovano, 1 November 1997

The writing on the red flag is pronounced Khalq meaning Masses. It is an Arabic word incorporated into the Dari and Pashtu languages. Khalq was the party that overthrew the Republic in 1973. Its two party and government leaders were Nur Muhammad Taraki and then Hafizullah Amin. After the Soviets invaded the country in December 1979, the flag changed back to the tricolor pattern.

Mir Hekmatullah Sadat, 6 May 1999

A horizontal version of this flag is pictured in Smith 1981 with the emblem centered near the top of the flag.

Marcus Wende