US-led Coalition Negotiates With Tribal Sheiks Linked To ISIS To Gain “Local Support” In Raqqah (Photos)

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US-led Coalition Negotiates With Tribal Sheiks Linked To ISIS To Gain "Local Support" In Raqqah (Photos)

The US-led coalition and its friends

On August 19, Brett McGurk‏, Special Presidential Envoy for the US-led coalition against ISIS, posted a photo report showing “meetings with sheikhs of all major tribes in Raqqa Province, committed to destroying ISIS.”

Most likely, the photo report was aimed to show that the US-led coalition had support of Arab tribes living in the province of Raqqah.

However, something went wrong when Twitter users found that the newly recruited “fighters against ISIS” pledged their allegiance to ISIS some time ago.

The US-led coalition faces significant problems as the area controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) expands in the provinces of Raqqah and Deir Ezzor. The SDF remains a Kurdish-dominated entity and Kurdish militias operating under this brand have own interests, including an establishing a semi-independent or independent Kurdish state in the SDF-held area. These ideas find little support from the local Arab population.

Does the US-led coalition really believe that this situation could be changed this way?

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  • Kell

    Was US Senator John McCain and Bagdadi there again?