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  9/22/2012, Tishrei 6, 5773

Iraq aims to unite with new flag and anthem

In a move aimed at providing unity in a country plagued with decades of conflict and civil unrest, Iraq is seeking to replace its flag and national anthem.

"We are determined to finish the new flag and anthem this year, in this legislative session," MP Ali Shlah, the chairman of parliament's culture and media commission, told AFP.

Shlah said a new anthem and flag "will be a unifying factor" for Iraqis, who have suffered decades of violence, privation and division.