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Afghanistan January 1929 - October 1929

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[Afghanistan Jan.1929-Oct.1929] image by Ivan Sache

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According to Baert 2001, a revolt forced King Aminullah to resign on 14 January 1929 in favour of his elder brother Anayatullah. Amanullah died in exile in Europe in 1960. King Anayatullah reigned only three days until he was overthrown by Batcha-e-Sakao, a Tajik warlord from the Kohistan mountains. On 17 January 1929, Batcha was proclaimed Emir Habibullah Ghazi (The Victorious) by the assembly of the religious leaders. On 16 October 1919, one of Amanullah's uncles, Nadir Khan, who had defeated the British in 1919, seized Kabul and suppressed Habibullah's army. Habibullah was arrested, sentenced to death and shot on 3 November 1929.

Baert 2001 shows the flag used by Habibullah Ghazi as a vertical red-black-white triband, these colours having already been used by the Mongols when occupying Afghanistan in XIIIth century.

The image in Baert 2001 is similar to the one above.
Ivan Sache
, 12 April 2002

Possible 14-17 January 1929 Flag

[Afghanistan, possible flag 14th-17th Jan. 1929] image by Jaume Ollé

For the January-October period, we show the same flag as the 1919-1928 one. Baert 2001 does not mention the reestablishment of this flag, and I suppose it might have been used only during the three days of reign of Anayatullah as a symbol of the restoration of the pre-reformist regime.
Ivan Sache
, 12 April 2002