Original Operation Iraqi Freedom Large Flag of Iraq With Leatherette “Martyr” Flag Case - 81” x 56”

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Set Available. The flag of Iraq includes the three equal horizontal red, white, and black stripes of the Arab Liberation flag, with the phrase “God is the greatest” written in Kufic script in the center.

This basic tricolor has been in use since its adoption on 31 July 1963, with several changes to the green symbols in the central white stripes; the most recent version adopted on 22 January 2008 bears the takbīr rendered in dark green.

The northern autonomous provinces, Kurdistan Region emerged as an autonomous entity inside Iraq with its own local government and parliament. The Kurdistan Regional Government uses a separate flag known as the flag of Kurdistan which was adopted in 1992.

The flag between 1963 and 2008 had three green stars, since 2008 the stars have been removed.

This flag is the one that was flown and used in Iraq from 1991-2004. On 13 January 1991, the flag was modified by Flag Law No. 6 of 1991. At the instigation of President Saddam Hussein, the takbīr (the phrase Allahu akbar, meaning "God is the greatest" in Arabic) was added in green between the stars. The form of the takbīr was said to be Saddam's own handwriting. Many[who?] interpreted the addition of the sacred Islamic text as an attempt to garner wartime support from previously outlawed religious Iraqi leaders, to stop the disrespect of the Iraqi flag in Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, and to bolster the Iraqi government's Islamist credentials in the period immediately preceding the Arabian Gulf War.

As with other flags inscribed with Arabic script, the hoist is to the right of the obverse (front) of the flag.

The flag and case are both in great condition with minor wear and staining. The flag appears to have been a pre 1991 example and had the takbīr added after the flag was changed. The case is in great condition with only storage wear present with sand and dirt staining the front.

Truly a wonderful pair of items that come more than ready to be displayed.

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