Archive for category Tribes

Syrian Tribes Participate in Uprising

And now another tribal chink in the armor of the Syrian state.

Syrian Tribal Leader Praised Assad at Gunpoint

London, Asharq Al-Awsat – Sheikh Nawaf al-Bashir, head of the prominent Baqara tribe in Syria, revealed that the Syrian authorities forced him to conduct an interview with a Syrian satellite television channel “with a gun to his head”, before releasing him 20 days later. The Baqara tribe is one of the largest tribes in Syria, and estimates indicate that the tribe’s membership stands at 1.2 million Syrian nationals.

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Tribes Getting Restless in Egypt’s Sinai

Bedouin Leaders Threaten Armed Rebellion against Egyptian Government

In light of my piece last week on the failing of the Arab core states, check out this report on rumblings of a tribal rebellion in the Sinai. Stay tuned!

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