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image by Eugene Ipavec, 11 March 2009
I saw a new flag in photos of the recent transfer of command to Turkey. The
Arabic inscription appears higher up on shoulder patches and some logos--like
the smile in a smiley face--but on the flag it is shifted downward, nestled
parallel to the line of the white circle. There are apparently yet further
http://www.state.gov/cms_images/b030811f_600.jpg shows one that has a much
smaller logo, different font and a thicker circle.
Eugene Ipavec, 17 February 2005
An Aug 7 2010 Yahoo News photo shows Dutch and Australian soldiers lowering an
ISAF flag during a transfer of authority ceremony from nl to au and us in Tarun
Kowt, Uruzgan. The flag is that of NATO but with an unusually light blue, and a black charging bull
silhouette superimposed overn the compass star, fimbriated white. The text "TFU
VII"; at the bottom, on either side of the lower "ray." A small Afghan flag is in
the upper hoist.
Eugene Ipavec, 13 August 2010
This is apparently the flag of TFU - Task Force Uruzgan, the Dutch
ISAF-operation as part of NATO's ISAF force in Afghanistan. The TFU is scheduled
to withdraw in 2010, which is the occasional, I guess. See more on TFU at
The Roman numeral VII may designate the 7th Dutch contingent rotation, in which case this is the flag of the individual contingent - although it may well be that the previous contingents had the same flags with different numeral. At least such is the practice of Croatian contingents there - who probably saw it from others.
Željko Heimer, 13 August 2010
image by Zoltan Horvath, 14 November 2012
There is a flag variant of ISAF flag, where the green badge is placed on a
white field instead of the usual green one.
Image of white ISAF flag: http://www.flickr.com/photos/isafmedia/7186419705/
This picture was taken on 14 June 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Zoltan Horvath, 14 November 2012
image by Sean McKinniss, 19 April 2003
At the official website for NATO, there is
a picture of various national flags. With these national flags is a flag of
the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The International
Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, is a multinational peacekeeping force
supervised by NATO. The flag of this force is incredibly simplistic. It has a
black field with the white letters "ISAF" on it.
SeanMcKinniss, 19 April 2003
image by Jens Pattke
Yahoo News reported the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, Gen. James Jones
handing over the ISAF flag he received from Commander of ISAF-III Lt. Gen.
Norbert Van Heyst of Germany to Lt. Gen. Gotz F.E. Gliemeroth during a handover
ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 11, 2003. NATO took command of the
5,000-strong international peacekeeping force in the Afghan capital, a historic
move that marks the alliance's first operation outside Europe since it was
created 54 years ago. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
Mark Sensen, 11 August 2003
image by Zoltan Horvath, 2 March 2011
Kabul International Airport (KAIA) Multinational Force cover practically the
full spectrum of tasks involved in the control and management of the Kabul
airport, ranging from logistic tasks to EOD support and Force Protection duties.
In September 2010 Hungarian military personnel took command of Kabul
International Airport (KAIA) for the second time. To illustrate the variety of
their roles, on a most ordinary weekday, the volume of air traffic at KAIA is
comparable to that of Ferihegy Airport, Budapest. Moreover, the Hungarian staff
is also tasked with providing accommodation, catering and security on a daily
basis for thousands of co-located units and guests in transit.
KAIA has an own flag, which is yellow with its emblem in the middle of the flag.
Image of flag: http://www.hm.gov.hu/files/9/14224/kaia_1n.jpg
Zoltan Horvath, 2 March 2011