File - Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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When clashes erupted between ISIS militants and tribal fighters in Mosul in Iraq and Deir al-Zor in Syria earlier this month, many observers were quick to suggest that a tribal force might be the only option to lead a successful resistance to the radical Islamist group.But growing social linkages, shared economic and political interests, and common foes make a tribal resistance to ISIS unlikely in Syria, experts and tribal leaders say. In recent weeks, ISIS fighters have clashed with members of the Sheaitat tribe in Deir al-Zor province in Syria, killing a reported 700 tribesmen in what was interpreted as a further sign of growing resistance to the extremists.ISIS has taken control of large, mainly Sunni tribal areas of Iraq and the resource-rich northeast of Syria.Adding to the complexity of tribal relations, one tribal source in Syria said long-standing tribal rivalries and anger over the perceived Western and Gulf backing of minor tribes through the main opposition Syrian National Coalition had pushed many tribes toward ISIS.With ISIS consolidating territory across the porous border dividing Syria and Iraq, the porous border dividing tribal networks has become increasingly irrelevant.
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