Though Iraq got independence from Britain in 1932, due to various other factors the current flag was adopted only in 2008 and it is said to be in live till a solution is got for the flag issue. The current flag of Iraq has three horizontal bands of equal width where the middle white band is bordered by red on top and black at the bottom. The middle white band has three five pointed green star centered. There is also an Arabic script mentioning ALLAHU AKBAR which means God is Great in green where Allahu to the right of the middle star and Akbar to the left of the middle star.
The star is generally said to symbolize all our hopes and aspirations. It means balance between the gifts of life and our gift to life. Astrology says that the star is also connected with the symbol of good sheperd and also of light meaning bright future. By associating ourselves with the Star symbol, we are thinking of ourselves at the simplest, finest, level. As the demonstration of our loving nature, even just a smile to a passer-by, can brighten other people's lives - can totally alter the course of a day for them - so letting the Starlight shine from our hearts has a way of touching them inwardly and that's the nature of the people of Iraq. The five-pointed star, if drawn with points of equal length and angles of 36° at each point, is sometimes termed a golden five pointed star. The golden five-pointed star is a very common ideogram in the western world, and has particularly strong associations with military power and war thus signifying the military of Iraq. The phrase ALLAHU AKBAR in Arabic script shows the faith of the Iraq people in God.
The black colour of the flag is used to signify that the people are formal, conventional, and dignified. It symbolized power, strength, authority, elegance and death. The white colour is precise, critical, and sincere and in the East Timor flag it is used as the symbol of purity. Red is active, daring, passionate, and optimistic. It enhances alertness and encourages activity. Red is held to be the most intense colour, the furthest from both black and white, and it is noteworthy that those languages which only have words for three basic colours always select black, white, and red. The red colour according to astrology signifies passion, warmth, vigor, strength and vitality which are also the nature of the people of Iraq. Red being related to fire and blood it is considered to be symbol of heat. It is even believed that red is the first color used by human beings. The green colour of the stars and the Arabic script signifies that the people of Iraq is supposed to be very sympathetic, steadfast and restrained. It also indicates the soothing nature of the people. The green colour symboliseslife, growthand rebirth. Green colour is a Virgo shade. It is supposed to instill self-confidence and helps steady nerves. Green aids balance in all things and is a typical healing hue. Green is excellent for calming frayed nerves.
The stars in the flag have 5 points and the number 5 has always been regarded as mystical and magical, yet essentially 'human'. We have five fingers/toes on each limb extremity. We commonly note five senses - sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. We perceive five stages or initiations in our lives - eg. birth, adolescence, coitus, parenthood and death. The number 5 is associated with Mars. It also signifies that the people are versatile and multi-talented, upbeat and inspirational, good communicator and motivators. The 3 number of stripes namely the red, white and the black along with three stars signifies the positive and optimistic way of looking at life by the people of Iraq. The numerology for the country name Iraq is 9 which signify the people as compassionate, selfless, generous, idealist, spiritual healer and vision minded.