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Saudi Arabia Flag

In 1902 Abdul al-Aziz Ibn SAUD captured Riyadh and set out on a 30-year campaign to unify the Arabian Peninsula. In the 1930s, the discovery of oil transformed the country. Following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Saudi Arabia accepted the Kuwaiti royal family and 400,000 refugees while allowing Western and Arab troops to deploy on its soil for the liberation of Kuwait the following year.

The green banner was thought to be used by Muhammad himself, and was adopted by the Saud family. The text in Arabic was added to the flag in 1901 and reads: "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his Allah's prophet". The sword was added in 1906, and refers specifically to Ibn Saud, who became Saudi Arabia's first king, and more generally to the military conquests of Islam. The Arabic text reads left to right on both front and back of the flag, and the point of the sword always points to the hoist.

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