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I found this image somewhere on the internet. It is a soldier of an
elite unit of the Bundeswehr with a curious cloth in his hands. For identification
purposes the German troops on a UNO-mission in Afghanistan use the German
flag with black inscription "German" translated into Pashtu on red.
Jens Pattke, 22 Sep 2002
There is a spelling error.... It is written "alman ya"
instead of "Almanyah".
Dov Gutterman, 23 Sep 2002
Actually looks to me like alman-ha rather than -ya.
Dov may well be correct that this is a misspelling, but keep in mind that this is Pashtu and not Arabic. The word could be different, although I must say I have no idea why it would be.
Joe McMillan, 23 Sep 2002
While in India the past several days, I checked this with a colleague
who is a South Asian linguist. She said the word as spelled on the flag
is Dari for the plural "Germans."
Joe McMillan, 28 Sep 2002
For those who may not know so much about Central Asia, Dari (Court)
Persian is also the administrative language of Afghanistan.
John Ayer, 29 Sep 2002
I have asked my mother in law and she confirmed that almanya
(one word) is Germans in farsi, Dari being a dialect of it, it would sound
logical that it would be the same.
Marc Pasquin, 29 Sep 2002