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Flags in Iraq

1921-1959

The original flag of Iraq was adopted in 1921, when the country was formed .The colours chosen for the new flag were those of the Hashimite leaders of the Arab revolution.

1959-1963

Following Abdul Karim Qassim's 1958 revolution that deposed the monarchy, on July 14, 1958 Iraq adopted (Law 102 of 1959) a new flag.

1963-1991

After the Qassim government was overthrown, a new flag was adopted Feberuary 18,1963 (Law 28 of 1963).

1991-2004

On January 13, 1991, the flag was changed again. The meaning of the three stars was changed from their original geographic meaning to representations of the three tenets of the Ressurciton (Ba'ath) Party motto.

Proposed flag, 2004 (later abandoned)

On 26 April 2004 the Iraq Interim Govering Council announced a new flag for post-Saddam Iraq. The occupied government stated that from around 30 competing entries.

2004 - Nowadays

Current flag of Iraq with stylized Kufic script

The Assyrian flag.

The Assyrian Politcal Parties adopted flag

The official flag of Iraqi Kurdistan

The Kurdish Flal (also Flag of Kurdistan) first appeared during the Kurdish independence movement from the Ottoman Empire.

Flag of the Iraqi Turkmen

The Iraqi Turkmen (also spelled Turkomen, Turcoman, and Turkman) are a distinct Turkic ethnic group living in northern Iraq .

Current flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran, introduced in 1980.

Some members of Iraqi political parties that are related with Iran insist on raising this flag to prove their roots.

 

Photographs from Iraq

Rolling Sand Dunes in Iraq

Desert covers most of the southwestern and western regions of Iraq, where clusters of nomadic Bedouins continue to herd their sheep.

Where the Tigris Joins the Euphrates

The Tigris River enters Iraq in the north and winds through the eastern part of the country to the town of Al Qurnah, where it joins the Euphrates River.

Bath in the Euphrates

Buffalo bathe in Southwest Asia's most historic river, the Euphrates, in present-day Iraq. Since 3450 bc, the river has witnessed the rise and fall of civilizations and empires.

Northeastern Iraq

Mountains in the northeastern section of Iraq reach as high as 3,600 m (11,800 ft). This region is home to many Kurds.

Martyrs' Dome

In 1980 Iran invaded its neighbor Iraq. After dragging on until 1988 and causing at least 500,000 deaths, the war ended without a clear victory for either side.

Iraq's Towering Spiral

The giant Friday Mosque is the largest landmark in Sāmarrā, an ancient city in Iraq. Located on the Tigris River.

The Tigris River , Mousl , Iraq

as seen from a UH-60 Blackhawk from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), June 16, 2003

Babylon - Ishtar Gate

Iraq Summer 2004

The Spirl Tower

A soldier decends an ancient minaret in Samarra, Iraq

Hatra Ruins

Temple ruins at Hattra, Iraq circa 1988.

Shrine of Imam Ali

The holy Muslim shrine (Dareeh) of the Imam Ali sits in Najaf.

Boat on Euphrates

A man and woman make their way up the Shatt-al-Arab in Basra, Iraq.

 

Maps About Iraq