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Nuristan secessionist movement 1970's (Afghanistan)

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I recently read again a quite old book about Afghanistan (Wilhelm Dietl, Brückenkopf Afghanistan, Kindler, Munich, 1984). Dietl is quoting 'oriental expert' Dr. Detlev Khalid on an autonomy (secessionist?) movement in Nuristan, a province northeast of Kabul. Obviously the people in Nuristan were first opposed against a 'Pashtu chauvinism' allegedly forwarded by Taraki and Amin in 1978. Their 'separatism' was manifested in hoisting a red-white flag. The Nuristani were mainly followers of Anwar Amin and his 'Front of islamic Jihad of Nuristan'. So the red-white flag was probably kind of a party flag of this movement. Unfortunately, the flag is not described in greater detail.

Marcus Schmöger, 19 December 2001

I wonder if that 'red-white flag' could be the first of this two unidentified flags though the fact that it was spotted at Kabul airport and under the Taliban regime does not help support the theory.

Santiago Dotor, 19 December 2001

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