Islamic State holds meeting with Syrian Arab tribes in Hasakah

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Members of Jabour Arab tribe meeting militants of ISIS in southern Hasakah

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Elders of the Arab clan of Jabour held a meeting with leading members of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the city of Shaddadi (50 km south of Hasakah), in northeastern Syria, pro-IS activists reported Thursday.

The meeting was held to discuss the complaints of the tribe’s members concerning the IS abduction of a number of the Jabour’s sons in the village of Shalala on charges of having links with the Syrian regime.

An IS-linked source reported that the meeting came at the invitation of the IS-held Public Relations Office, and that the group explained the reality of the Islamic State and “its commitment to the residents’ welfare”, in addition to listening to the problems of the tribes of the countryside of Hasakah.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Fayez Abdulaziz said: “The IS extremists are trying to gain the support of Arab tribal leaders in order to facilitate their access to the city of Hasakh (where Kurdish forces and regime army are in control).” 

“We hope the tribal elders won’t accept any kind of compromise with the radical group. It is difficult for the IS to build any bridge of trust with the Arab tribes in Hasakah or Deir ez-Zor, especially after the group’s abduction of prominent members from the tribes of Jabour and Baggara,” Abdulaziz said. 

The tribes of the Baggara and Jabour are deemed the largest Arab tribes in the eastern region of Syria, and they are in control of the southern countryside of Hasakah and the province of Deir ez-Zor. Many members of these tribes pledged allegiance to the Islamic State earlier, according to reports by IS-linked activists.  

 

Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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