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Flags used November-December 2001 (Afghanistan)

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Flags used during the November-December 2001 war

In September 1996 the Taliban took over the capital, Kabul, and soon thereafter most of Afghanistan. From then until the war that followed the 11th September 2001 attacks against New York and Washington, the green-white-black flag was only used in Northern Afghanistan, the United Nations building plus some embassies (eg. Iran). After the Taliban defeat in November-December 2001, both the 1992 flag and the 1973 flag —and even the earlier April 1992 flag— were flown by different factions within the anti-Taliban forces.

Santiago Dotor, 12 December 2001

The Northern Alliance —remnants of pre-Taliban government (and therefore "official" i.e. UN-recognized until the current interim government took over), not monarchy-supporting, Tajik, dominant in current government— flies green-white-black, often without arms, sometimes vertical. As they are also somewhat Islamist (not as far as the Taliban), the colors fit more than black-red-green, in any event the Southern/Pashtun-dominated, more secular, monarchical colors.