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When Israel established a security zone in South Lebanon, a so-called Army of South Lebanon (ALS – Armee du Liban Sud in French) was constituted by pro-Israeli Lebanese. Israel is currently withdrawing from this area, and ALS will probably be disbanded. The question is of course, what flag was used by ALS? Since it was not supposed to be either an official Lebanese or Israeli force, I guess it could not have used either the national Lebanese or Israeli flag.
Ivan Sache, 23 May 2000
Many years ago (about 1980?) I saw a photo or maybe a TV spot with Mr. Haddad, the founder of the Free Lebanon [movement] and probably also of the ALS, in front of the Lebanese national flag.
Jan Zrzavy, 23 May 2000
The ALS sees itself as a Lebanese force and therefore uses the Lebanese national flag. Major Saed Khadad was indeed the founder of the ALS, and after he passed away he was replaced by General Antoine Lakhed.
Anonymous, 24 May 2000
The South Lebanon Army (SLA), also "South Lebanese Army," (Arabic: جيش لبنان الجنوبي; transliterated as Jaysh Lubnān al-Janūbi. Hebrew: צבא דרום לבנון, צד"ל; transliterated as Tzvá Dróm Levanón, Tzadál) was a Lebanese militia during the Lebanese Civil War. After 1979, the militia operated under the authority of Saad Haddad's Government of Free Lebanon. It was supported by Israel during the 1982–2000 South Lebanon conflict.
Esteban Rivera, 18 Aug 2007