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[Unidentified Flag (Lebanon)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 15 Jun 2007

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The elections in Lebanon were covered on "The World" last night on BBC4 tv. I haven't cropped the images too closely, in case the pictures or writing in the shot give a clue about the flags. The poster in this photo is that of Michel Aoun, and the flag might be that of his party. Googling on "Aoun" gives which has the symbol which appears to be on the flag in this capture.
André Coutanche, 21 Jun 2005

That is the emblem of the Lebanese military. I don't know whether this is an official flag.
Eugene Ipavec, 14 Jun 2007

Indeed it is the emblem of the Lebanese Armed Forces, of which Aoun was CinC between 1984-1989.
Dov Gutterman, 14 Jun 2007

A photo of a flag of the Lebanese Army, c. 2006.
Bill Garrison, 18 Aug 2007

The flag of the Lebanese Army is shown on the Lebanese Army official website. I believe this is the same CoA used on the Armed Forces' flag, but on a total white background and the flag ratio being the same as the national flag.
Esteban Rivera, 12 Dec 2007

Odd that the army would use the multiservice emblem of the Armed Forces as a whole (swords, wings and anchor), and that this flag is not listed among the other service and military flags on the Lebanese Army site. This only confuses things further, as there are three versions of the previously reported red/white diagonal with the same emblem. Variants with and without the ring appear to exist; maybe the ringed one is official?
Eugene Ipavec, 22 Aug 2007 and 13 Dec 2007

Lance Pennant

[Lance Pennant (Lebanon)]
image by N.J. and Ivan Sache, 01 Sep 2002

French newspaper Courrier International, in its Summer Supplement sold with #613, 1 Aug 2002, shows a picture of young Lebanese soldiers with flags in the background. The flags are a triangular version of the national flag, with the cedar slightly skewed to the hoist. The flags are attached to a metallic staff with an arrow-head as finial. From the scale of the picture, my guess is that these flags are lance pennants, or pennants attached to something similar to a lance.
Ivan Sache, 01 Sep 2002

Former Army Flag

[Former Army Flag (Lebanon)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 13 Dec 2007

A Lebanese flag with golden inscriptions is shown in this photo of an officer on the LAF website. (source)
Eugene Ipavec, 15 May 2007

I can't make out the first word, but the second seems to be "Al-Watan" ("The Homeland"), so it seems like some slogan.
Dov Gutterman, 15 Jul 2007

The first Lebanon flag can be found at the Lebanese Army official website.
Esteban Rivera, 12 Dec 2007

As the French (but not English) caption notes, this is the first flag of the Lebanese Army (though the Lebanese Legion used a different flag in WWI.) Apparently still used in some official capacity.
Eugene Ipavec, 13 Dec 2007

Lebanese Legion Flag in WWI

[Lebanese Military Flag in WWI (Lebanon)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 15 May 2007

In WWI the Lebanese troops used a white flag with red saltire, and black cedar in center.
Source: Flaggenmiteilung 84, Crux Australis 50
Jaume Ollé, 13 May 2003