The Kurdish Flag Flap in Iraq

You may have read about how the Kurdish zone of Iraq announced last week they would start raising the Kurdish Flag instead of the Iraqi Flag on government buildings in the region…

The media may not have told you why the Kurds decided to take this action.

Iraqi shopkeepers selling national flags arrange their stocks in downtown Baghdad. (AFP)

Aljazeera reported this today on the Kurdish flag flap that was not made clear last week in the press:


Another issue likely to generate fierce debate among parliamentarians is the national flag, which the president of the autonomous Kurdish region, Massud Barzani, has refused to fly, arguing that it represents Saddam’s government.

Sunni politicians issued a statement before parliament opened, calling on Kurds to accept the flag as an interim measure while parliament debates the design of a new symbol acceptable to all Iraqis.

If the last regime waged genocide against you and your family, it makes sense that you would hesitate flying the flag of that regime!

Various Iraqi tribal leaders, who are members of the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue or IFND, join hands together during their meeting before the start of Iraqi parliament, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday Sept. 5, 2006. IFND urged Kurdish leaders to reconsider their decision to replace country’s national flag with the Kurdish one. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Gulf Times is reporting that a new Iraqi flag is in the works.

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