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store fronts - syrian flagThe Syrian regime of embattled president Bashar al Assad issued a decree in which it forces all shop owners to paint all their store fronts with the current Syrian flag adopted by the regime.

As a result of the ongoing Syrian civil war, there are currently two governments claiming to be the de jure government of Syria using different flags to represent the state. The incumbent government, led by the Ba’ath Party is using the red-white-black United Arab Republic flag in use since 1980 while the Syrian Interim Government, led by the Syrian National Coalition – seeking to overthrow the Assad government – readopted the green-white-black Independence flag in 2012.

syrian interim government flagThe opposition wanted to distinguish themselves from the current Syrian government and favored the use of the flag used when Syria gained its independence from France

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