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One of the largest Sunni tribes in Syria is calling for U.S. support to battle ISIS militants after a dramatic escalation in tension this week between eastern tribes and the radical Islamists. Tribal sources from the region of Deir al-Zor say that they are seeking support and are prepared to deploy up to 100,000 tribal fighters across the country to fight ISIS after an uneasy truce with the group fell sour. However, varying allegiances based on the overwhelming force of ISIS, as well as mutually beneficial local agreements between some tribes in Syria in the form of oil deals, mean doubts persist about tribal alliances and incentives.The disappearance of the three sons appears to have precipitated the collapse of an unofficial truce deal with ISIS based on force, after ISIS slaughtered over 700 members of the Sheaitat tribe in Deir al-Zor in August.The massacre represented a brutal warning to other tribes entertaining ideas of confronting ISIS, according to the same tribal sources.
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