In the times of the kingdom 1929-1974 the black-red-green stripes of the flag have been already arranged vertically. With the apprehension of power by Mohammed Daud Khan, and in occasion with the formation of the presidial republic get these horizontal.
After a communist coup, lead by M.N. Taraki, was introduced between 1978 an 1980 a red monochrome, communist flag. After an uprising and interior fights for the power B. Karmal reached the control, soviet squads marched in, and it was introduced a horizontal striped flag, which contained a coat of arms with the historical elements, completed by a red star and an opened Koran. With the change of regime from B. Karmal to Dr. M. Najibullah in 1987 was changed the coat of arms, too. The star and the Koran get removed. After the takeover by the Mudjaheddin in the year 1992, they decided for new national colors, namely green, white and black. The color white stood here for the future. In religious-islamic sense white stands for the Omajiades, a calif-dynasty, which is going back to the fifth calif Moawija 1st.
The coat of arms of Afghanistan showed over many years, and even today again, an opened mosque with prayer-niche and sermon-pulpit and on both sides of the mosque ever one diagonally outside placed flag. The mosque is encircled by a bounded ear-garland and since 1996 from the shakhada, too.
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