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New Iraqi Flag Approved - 2004-04-26


The U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council says it will formally unveil a new flag for Iraq later this week.

A Council spokesman said (Monday) the new flag will be white with a crescent in the middle, to symbolize Islam, the country's main religion.

Two blue stripes, at the bottom, will symbolize the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. They will be separated by a yellow stripe representing Iraq's Kurdish minority.

Iraq's existing flag consists of red, white and a black horizontal bands, with three green stars in the middle and the slogan "Allah Akbar" or "God is Great" across. The colors are similar to those found in the flags of many other Arab countries.

The Associated Press quoted the Council spokesman as saying that the country cannot continue with a Saddam Hussein-era flag because Iraq is in what he called a "new era."

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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