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Tribal massacre victims forced to negotiate with IS

A year after a deadly attack by the Islamic State, tribesmen in Syria's Deir ez-Zor are trying to bring civilians back to their homes.

REYHANLI, Turkey — “It was a blessing that the crops were so high at the time,” Abu Ali Othman from the Shaitat tribe in eastern Syria told Al-Monitor in early July 2015.

There has been very little international coverage of the mass killing of his fellow tribesmen at the hands of the Islamic State (IS) a year ago, when as many as a thousand were slaughtered following an insurrection.

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