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Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq became an independent Kingdom in 1932. A 'Republic' was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of military strongmen have ruled the country since then, the latest being Saddam Hussein. The current flag of Iraq was adopted in 1991, during the Gulf war, when the flag in use at the time was altered by the addition of the words "Allahu Akbar" (God is great).

The flag in use before that was adopted in 1963, and was a red-white-black tri-colour with three green stars in the white stripe. The stars were meant to symbolize the hoped for union of Iraq with Egypt and Syria. The colours used are the Pan-Arab colours; Red stands for courage, white stands for generosity and black stands for the conquests of Islam. The green of the stars is the traditional colour of Islam.

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