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Syria's Assad seeks support of tribes against US, others

Regime forces are recruiting Arab tribes to fight against the presence of US and other foreign troops in Syrian territories.
Syria's President Bashar al Assad gestures during an interview with a Greek newspaper in Damascus, Syria in this handout released May 10, 2018. SANA/Handout via Reuters   THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. - RC17F6B98E00

As the Syrian regime, backed by Russia, is on the verge of taking control of the remaining opposition-held areas in southern Syria, Damascus is trying to mobilize Syrian tribes against foreign forces, including those of the United States, in the country's east.

Regime forces seized the Nassib crossing on the border with Jordan July 6. The next day, some 55 Arab and Kurdish tribes meeting in Aleppo declared their total support for the “Syrian Arab Army, led by President Bashar al-Assad, to confront the Turkish aggression and its supporters, namely the US, France and others.”

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