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Afghanistan April 1980 - November 1987

Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Jamburiat Demokratik

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[Afghanistan Apr.1980-Nov.1987]
by Jaume Ollé

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Three equal horizontal stripes of black over red over green. Multicolor emblem in upper hoist of pulpit, book, wreath, sunburst, topped by cogwheel and red star.

Nick Artimovich, 19 March 1996

According to Baert 2001, on 27 December 1979 the Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan. The new leader, Babrak Karmal, promised on January 1980 to re-establish the Islamic green on the national flag. The new flag and emblem, and their official interpretations, were released on 21 April 1980.

The flag had three equal horizontal black-red-green stripes. Black recalled the ancient Afghan flags, red symbolized the heroes' blood and green symbolized the Islamic faith,