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by Mark Sensen
Flag adopted 31st October 1931
Same three-striped field [as the October 1929-1930 flag], central white emblem of mosque, flags, and wreath.
Mark Sensen, 23 March 1996
The 1963 Constitution describes the flag of 1930-1973 thus:
Article 4The entire constitution can be read at the Afghan Website.
The flag of Afghanistan is tricolor (black, red and green) all pieces joined together vertically from left to right in equal proportions; the breadth of each strip equalling half of its length, having in the middle the insignia of the mehrab (an arch in a mosque where the praying congregation stands, facing the Kaaba in Mecca) and the mender (a many tiered pulpit placed to the right of the mehrab in a mosque, from which addresses are delivered) in white, flanked by two flags and ensconced in two sheaves of wheat.
Devereaux Cannon, 8 December 2001
by Mark Sensen and Dov Gutterman
From Cochrane and Elliott 1998: "Mohammed Nadir Shah, the victor in the 1929 insurrection, changed Afghan colours from largely red to red,green and black, symbolising bloodshed for independence, hope for the future and the country dark past." A 1:1 fin flash with those colours was used as fin flash between 1937 (when the Afghan Air Force was reformed) and 1967.
Dov Gutterman, 7 February 2000