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Other flag sightings in Libya

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Flags with the Shahada

In the photo report about the 40 years of Gaddafi coup published by BBC today we can see an image of plenty of flags showing green Arabic words (not sure if it is the Shahada) over a white background:

If the Arabic words are actually the Shahada, the flag could be the al-Liwaa related to the Islamic Caliphate (but it is ideologically unconnected with Gaddafi's Libya where hard Islamic movements are unlawful)
Santiago Tazón, 2 September 2009

It seems that there are two different flags. The one that I could figure out had the inscription "Allahu Akbar". I couldn't figure out the second, but it doesn't looks like the Shahada.
Dov Gutterman, 2 September 2009

Red-white-green flag?

[Flag of Cyrenaica, 1947] image by Ivan Sache, 8 June 2012

On 27 February 2011, Kevin Frayer (AP) photographed in Benghazi insurgents displaying a square flag, horizontally divided red-white-green with a black crescent and four-pointed star in the white stripe. The counter-colouring of the central stripe and crescent and star, when compared with "regular" insurrection flags, is odd; however, I don't believe this is an optical effect. - "Le Monde", 28 February 2011 (image archived here)
Ivan Sache, 8 June 2012

I actually think the stripe is black.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascan, 11 June 2012

Black Rebel Flag

[Rebel flag] image located by David Phillips, 14 March 2014

This image comes from "Libya drifts after ousting prime minister", McClatchy News Service article in San Francisco Chronicle, March 13, 2014

Photo caption:
A militia soldier guards the entrance of the rebel-held Es Sider port.

This is the flag of Cyrenaica.