Tension over Iraqi flag hits N Iraq

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Hundreds of Iraqi flags bearing the phrase 'Allah Akbar' have appeared throughout the streets of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in what analysts are calling an act of Arab defiance.


Kurdish leader Massoud al-Barzani's decision to take down the red-white-and-black flag, which stood alongside the Kurdish flag atop official government buildings in the Kurdish areas of the country, has created further tension between various communities in Iraq.

Kurdish leaders have said the Iraqi flag, with the religious inference added by Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president, represents an era of oppression and dictatorship.

They point to the Anfal campaign in which tens of thousands of Kurds were killed by the Iraqi Army.

Barzani had earlier said: "The present flag is not the flag of Iraq, but of the Baath party and chemical strikes, drainage of the marshes, putting down uprisings and mass graves."
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1FD8F118-C424-42E0-81E4-2A8BEBAF3C3F.htm

You think they'd have learnt after the last episode involving that flag.

When the fledgling Iraqi National football team has a stong following where everyone is waving that flag with pride, then I can only see this action as a deliberate provocation, by the 'poor little Kurds'.

Never underestimate the pride a lot of Iraqis feel in that flag. The depth of resentment expressed, when it was suggested the old flag was removed after the liberation was incredible.
 
#2
PartTimePongo said:
I can only see this action as a deliberate provocation, by the 'poor little Kurds'.
The Kurds deserve their own homeland, they have suffered for far, far too long under the Arab Yoke, Its the Iraqis who are being provocative here, this is simply a continuation of Saddams 'Arabification' policy of traditional Kurdish territory. Sooner or later Iraqi Arabs will be expelled from Kurdistan.

On another note the script on the flag was a recent innovation of Saddams, when he was attempting to cast himself as a champion of Islam to prop up his regime. Its his hand writing on the flag as well, which is another objection that the Kurds have.
 
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PartTimePongo said:
Never underestimate the pride a lot of Iraqis feel in that flag. The depth of resentment expressed, when it was suggested the old flag was removed after the liberation was incredible.
Given the hideous blue and white thing that they came up with to replace it, I don't blame them.

I think the non-scripted flag would be acceptable, but I don't know if it's worth making a big fuss out of it. Particularly up North, there are a fair few non-Muslims.

NTM
 
#4
Meanwhile in Kirkuk and elsewhere....


Insurgents have killed at least 30 people and aggravated Iraq's hostile ethnic divide with a string of bombs in the northern city of Kirkuk, as well as attacks in volatile Anbar province and Baghdad.



In Kirkuk, a huge suicide truck bomb in coordination with four other vehicle bombs killed 23 people and wounded 77 others.

Mortars and car bombs killed five in the city of Fallujah, in Iraq's biggest and most volatile province of Anbar, where US forces are being reduced to reinforce Baghdad.

In the deadliest blast on Sunday, a suicide attacker driving a truck rigged with explosives blew himself up outside a police centre killing 17 people, mostly civilians, police said. The toll included 10 women and two children who were visiting relatives
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9E779F60-6BE3-46BC-BB4C-B2E05EBC4111.htm
 

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I seem to recall that the Ba'ath only added the takbir to the flag around GWI? I seem to remember thinking at the time...ahhh now the pandering to the Islamic street, whereas before your panderings were to the ideology of illegitimate child of pan Arab Nationalism and Socialism i.e. Ba'ath.
 

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#9
Yep thought my memory served me correctly....

"The Takbir
The takbir [Allahu Akbar (God is great) in Arabic script] in green was added to the 1963 flag during the Gulf War, 13 January 1991. The Arabic text may be read from right to left on both sides of the flag, which are identical.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 8 January 2001"

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